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ingredients 6 News Deschutes 8 News Stone Collaboration 10 Brewery News 12 Corkage Law 14 Arts & Beer 16 VA Craft Brewers Cup Awards 22 Mug Shots 28 Beer Tourism 36 Ammo

38 Red Dragon 42 Parkway 44 Steam Bell 46 Belly Love 48 Oozlefinch 50 Cider Week 54 Brew Reviews 56 Events 63 Brewery Guide

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Diane Catanzaro Steve Deason Elizabeth Erschens Jeff Evans Lee Graves Chris Jones Joshua Learn Robey Martin Chuck Triplett Allen Young CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER Kathy Keeney WEBMASTER Giorgio Valentini

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publisher’sNOTE Beer festivals and award-winning craft beer

abound in Virginia, especially during this time of year. We showcase as many as possible in the current issue. Speaking of the rise in the number of craft breweries throughout the state (160 and counting and potentially 39 on the horizon), in our cover story, Jeff explores the business side of beer tourism and how it ties into restaurants, hotels, and attractions and the resulting economic impact for the Commonwealth. He shares perspectives from by US Senator Mark Warner, Governor Terry McAuliffe, and Agriculture Secretary Todd Haymore as well as insights from state and local tourism heads and craft brewery owners. Brew News is packed full of good information including Port City’s expansion in Alexandria, Deschutes’ timeline and plan for Roanoke, a Q & A with Ava Spece who helped to produce the Workhouse Arts Center Brewfest, and Governor McAuliffe’s stout collaboration with Stone, Hardywood Park and Ardent. Plus, Annie Tobey takes a look at a new state law that allows patrons to bring beer from home into restaurants for a “corking fee.” And, Jeff recaps the recent Virginia Craft Brewers Guild’s annual Virginia Craft Beer Cup Awards which were recently held in Richmond. Brewery profiles include AMMO, Belly Love, Parkway Brewing, Red Dragon, Steam Bell and Oozlefinch. Plus, in addition to our regular Events Calendar, we have a special calendar dedicated to Virginia Cider Week, which takes place November 11-20. The fall season is a great time to explore Virginia! So, get out there and enjoy!





Deschutes Street Pub event in Roanoke drew 22,000 craft beer enthusiasts

Roanoke’s Sense of Community Won Deschutes By Jeff Maisey


s Deschutes Brewery founder Gary Fish put it, there were several cities seriously in the running to become the brewery’s East Coast home. While all had tantalizing incentive plans on the offering table, it was the people and businesses of Roanoke that sealed the deal – a sense of community that would remind its employees of home. “When it came to the final five or six choices, my suggestion was to pick the place we’re supposed to be, and then negotiate,” said Fish, while attending the brewery’s late summer Street Pub event in downtown Roanoke. “The economic incentives will be gone within a year or two, but the city we want to be part of is forever.” Deschutes began as a brewpub in 1988 in the city of Bend, Oregon. With its main brewery located on the Deschutes River, the business – now in its 27th year – remains family and employee owned. And that means major decisions are made by a group. “The one time I’ve ever seen us agree on anything is in choosing Roanoke,” said Deschutes president Michael LaLonde. “We love how Roanoke has embraced us.” LaLonde continued to explain the decision making process that included looking at 35 different sites in the Mid-Atlantic region, and a list of 100 criteria, including water quality. “The recruiting effort made by Roanoke made a difference to us,” LaLonde said. “We also wanted a city like Bend. We wanted an area that was growing in craft beer and had a lot of room to grow.” The Deschutes team is comprised of a group of deep thinkers. They took two years to select Roanoke. It’ll take five years to open the brewery. Par for course, according to Fish “I would characterize Deschutes as being a deliberate company,” he said. “We’ve given ourselves two years to design, two years to build, and quite frankly gave ourselves another year to make sure we aren’t wrong. We are designing from a blank canvas. We will build it the right way.”



Deschutes operates its original public house (Brew 1) and main production facility (Brew 2) in Bend, while running an additional public house (Brew 3) in Portland, Oregon. The Roanoke location (Brew 4) will exceed the production capacity of the 150-barrel brew-house in Bend. Roanoke will have a 200 to 250-barrel brew-house and serve markets east of the Mississippi. That is impressive given the Brewers Association currently lists Deschutes as the 8th largest independent brewery in America. Stone Brewing, which opened its Richmond production plant this spring, is the 10th largest. Green Flash, which will open in mid-November in Virginia Beach, is 41st in output. Like Stone, Deschutes will focus on matching the flavors of the East Coast beers with the West Coast. They plan on enlisting the help of Virginia Tech as well as their fellow West-goes-East brewer community. In the meantime, Deschutes is planning to open a tasting room to establish its brand in Roanoke, though they will not be brewing on premise. The brewery made a great first impression with its 400foot pop-up Street Pub in August, drawing 22,000 people who consumed 241 kegs of beer. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event went to area nonprofit organizations, totaling more than $81,000. Primary nonprofit partners included Roanoke Outside Foundation, Blue Ridge Land Conservancy and Feeding America Southwest Virginia. Other partners were Pathfinders for Greenways, Roanoke IMBA, Clean Valley Council, Leap for Local Food, Family Promise of Greater Roanoke, and Bradley Free Clinic of Roanoke Valley.   Deschutes flagship brands include Black Butte Porter, Inversion IPA, Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Obsidian Stout. “We’re looking forward to our next big adventure,” said Fish, “and this is Roanoke. It is our responsibility to become part of the community.”



brewNEWS The Give Me Stout or Give Me Death team of collaborators from Stone Brewing, Ardent Craft Ales and Hardywood Park along with the Governor and First Lady, and Secretary of Agriculture.

The Governor’s Stout By Jeff Maisey


all him the Beer Governor. 4% ABV stout. It’s a 9.5% ABV imperial stout to be named Give Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has boldly proclaimed he Me Stout or Give Me Death – a nod to Virginia patriot Patrick will visit every one of the 150 and growing craft breweries in the Henry – the first governor to live in the Richmond Mansion that Commonwealth before he leaves office. It’s a tall order for someone bears his name. who keeps as busy a schedule as he maintains, but the IrishThe stout will be jam-packed with Virginia-grown raspberries American businessman-turned-politician and blackberries, a true tribute to is just the guy to accomplish the feat. Richmond, and perhaps one reason Any governor who proudly announces Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry he has a keg-erator in the Mansion is a Todd Haymore was also in attendance. true enthusiast. The beer is described officially as Governor McAuliffe, as many know, has “an aggressively hopped imperial stout a favorite style of beer – stout. And true celebrating the community’s emergent to his heritage he prefers Guinness Extra craft beer scene and the craft beer cry Stout, though only if he can’t get his hands for resistance against industrial beer.” on a Virginia-made craft beer. Insert The idea for the collaboration came smiley face here, and wink. when the Governor attended the The Governor recently popped over national Craft Brewers Conference in to Stone Brewing – the famed California Philadelphia. McAuliffe and brewers Gov. Terry McAuliffe gets a lesson in the brewing process brewery that selected RVA for its East from Ardent, Hardywood Park and from Peter Wiens, director of brewing operations for Stone Coast production location – for a tour Stone went so far as to discuss potential and collaboration between brewers from ingredients. Stone, Ardent Craft Ales and Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. “Originally, we were going to use blueberries,” said Weins, McAuliffe posed lots of questions to Stone CEO & co-founder “but local blueberries were negatively impacted by the rainy Greg Koch and Peter Wiens, director of brewing operations (East spring.” Coast), and was fully engaged in understanding the process. The “Craft beer is the culmination of agriculture, manufacturing, Governor was also an active participant, pouring hop pellets into tourism and entrepreneurship,” said Haymore. the mash. “Rural agriculture can now be connected to Richmond and When asked why he liked stout, McAuliffe said, “It has a full, Northern Virginia,” added Steve Wagner, Stone Brewing’s robust taste.” president and co-founder. The occasion marked the first collaboration at Stone, and in Give Me Stout or Give Me Death will be available in stores in honor of the Governor they brewed a stout. But this is no wimpy early December.



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Port City Expansion By Jeremy Bender


he Virginia Department of Agriculture and the city of Alexandria have put together a $500,000 matching grant (50/50) so Port City Brewing Company can triple its 17,000 barrels per year capacity, and remain in the city. The funding is part of a $3 million plan to acquire a 6,000-squarefoot warehouse near the current brewery location. The new facility will provide much needed cold storage, a bottling line and more brewing capacity. Twenty-six new employees will be hired. Port City was named last year’s Small Brewery of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. The brewery buys some 350,000 pounds of wheat from Virginia

Port City Brewing Company’s Bill Butcher

farmers as the primary ingredient for its award-winning Optimal Wit. Because of its notoriety and quality craft beer, Port City is a tourism driver for the city, though many of its customers drive from DC and Maryland on daytrips.

Champion Brewpub in Richmond

From Dirt to Glass

Champion Brewing Company plans to open a brewpub in the Arts District of Richmond in partnership with Chef Jason Alley and partner Michele Jones of Pasture and Comfort restaurants. The brewpub will serve beers brewed in-house and other staple beers from Champion, and Alley and Jones will operate ‘Sur Taco and Sandwich’ inside the pub, serving Southern-influenced tacos and tortas. The brewpub will be located on East Grace Street, with an estimated opening by year end 2016. Champion’s President and Head Brewer Hunter Smith said, ‘“The Richmond market has been very supportive of our beers, particularly our experimental brews, since day one. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Jason and Michele and to produce exciting new beers alongside so many great brewers in Richmond.” Said Alley, “We are so excited to work with Hunter in this new project.  Michele and I both really appreciate what Champion has done in the Charlottesville market, and beyond, and we are so excited to debut our newest concept in this unique venue.”  Comfort was founded in 2002 by Alley and Chris Chandler, and Jones and Alley opened Pasture in 2011. Jones became managing partner of Comfort earlier this year. Alley has been featured extensively in regional and national press, and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by Richmond’s Elby Awards in 2016.   Champion Brewing Company opened its Charlottesville 3-barrel Tap Room in December of 2012, and in 2014 built its ‘Missile Factory,’ a 30-barrel production facility recently expanded to 15,000 barrels of capacity. Champion Brewing Company is on pace to brew 10,000 BBLs in 2016.

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Wood Ridge Farm Brewery opened to the public on September 10. The brewery takes its name from the farm where they are located. The property has been in the Wood family for many generations, nearly 200 years. “Wood Ridge is a true farm brewery that grows 100% of the grain used (barley, wheat, oats and rye) in our ales and lagers, explained General Manager Clay Hysell. Woods Mill Malting is on the farm, so they will not only grow but also malt their grains on site. This year they grew 2-row barley, 6-row barley, wheat, rye, and oats. They also have 30


acres of hops under production. RVA Yeast Labs has also harvested a dozen different yeasts from the farm as well. Continued Hysell,“our motto is “from the dirt to the glass” -- our own variation of vinticulture’s ‘terroir’.” Nicholas Payson will be brewing on the 3.5bbl brewhouse. The initial menu of beers will include a Kolsch, American Pale,West-Coast style IPA, brown Porter, Shandy, and basil Blonde with herbs from the farm. Payson lived in Germany for five years and worked for several breweries there ending as Assistant Brewer for The

Grain & Hop Garden

Norfolk Botanical Garden and O’Connor Brewing Company have created – and planted – the first Grain & Hop Garden. Hops from the garden will be used in future O’Connor beers. Spacemakers and Copper Fox Distillery also contributed materials to the garden. The grand opening of the garden is planned for Saturday, October 15. It will feature live music, food trucks, lawn games, educational tents and OBC beers. One of the beers that we will featured at the event is Susan Constant Wheatwine--a Virginia Vintage series beer that’s brewed with malts from Copper Fox. It is being released on that date simultaneously at the Norfolk Botanical Garden and at O’Connor Brewing. – JM

Feileing in Freiburg. He was the co-owner and brewer at Winnetou in the WinstonSalem, NC area. “We expect to add a rye IPA and a Marzen in the fall, said Hysell. “We also will be adding an oatmeal stout with oats from our fields.” The taproom is constructed from wood from the farm that was milled on premises at their own wood mill. Brewery guests will be able to drink beer while overlooking the fields where the barley and other grains originated. Wood Ridge Farm Brewery is located at 165 Old Ridge Road in Lovingston,Virginia. – Steve Marler

Dog Money in Leesburg

Dog Money Restaurant and Brewery has opened in Leesburg. They had a “soft opening” on July 29. The brewery occupies the same space that once housed Thoroughbreds, and for some eight years was Vintage 50. The Town of Leesburg successfully issued currency in small denominations during the Civil War. The currency was known locally as “Dog Money” because it had a picture of a dog on it. After a few years’ hiatus, former brewer Dean Lake has started brewing again, this time also as an owner. Lake started at Old Dominion Brewing Company. Over the years he has brewed for Thoroughbreds, Rock Bottom Arlington, Sweetwater Tavern Sterling, and Vintage 50. Lake said, “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” Lake partnered with Tim Regan, who for the last decade worked for Gordon Biersch. Lake will be brewing on the same 10-barrel brew-house that was in place when Thoroughbreds opened in 2004. The current line-up of beers includes Dog Money Red, Hostile Extraction IPA, and Loudoun Common Lager, and continues to offer their Belgian-Style Tripel. Lake tapped an Oktoberfest in early September. Dog Money is looking at hosting a grand opening in early October. Dog Money is located at 50 Catoctin Cir NE # 100 in Leesburg. – Steve Marler

Green Flash Brewing Co Sets Opening Date

San Diego-based Green Flash Brewing Company will open its tasting room doors in Virginia Beach on Sunday, November 13, the day after it hosts its third annual Treasure Chest Fest on the site. Upon completion, the production facility will provide freight efficiencies that will supply fresh Green Flash beer to the east coast, immediately passing the savings from regionalized shipping on to the consumer. The expansive public tasting room and outdoor beer garden will provide customers with an east coast opportunity to experience the Green Flash brand first-hand. The grand opening marks the next chapter for Green Flash, the 45th largest craft brewery in the US, poising the brewery for continued national growth. The brewery opening is generating excitement among locals, who are eager to welcome Green Flash to their growing craft beer community. “We are so excited to be a part of the amazing Virginia Beach community as we plan to officially celebrate our opening in November,” says Mike Hinkley Co-Founder and CEO of Green Flash. “The new brewery will allow us to offer East Coast consumers fresh Green Flash beers at West Coast pricing starting January 1, 2017. We are also looking forward to connecting with our customers face-to-face in Virginia Beach - allowing them to experience Green Flash beers at the source.” While the brewery will continue to be headquartered with corporate offices in San Diego, the Virginia Beach facility will serve as the East Coast hub for Green Flash. The tasting room will be family-friendly and feature as many as 30 Green Flash beers on tap, a vast beer garden, food trucks, retail store, extensive brewery tour program and large private-event room and garden. The events taking place during their grand opening weekend will offer visitors a taste of things to come, as Green Flash plans to host a robust brewery events program, planning ongoing activities designed to engage with the Virginia Beach community yearround. – Staff VIRGINIACRAFTBEER.COM

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brewNEWS / corkage


to a Restaurant – A New Choice for Virginia Beer Lovers By Annie Tobey


new Virginia law benefits both beer lovers and the restaurants we visit. As of July 1, 2016, customers can tote their own beer and cider to restaurants, a privilege previously given just to wine aficionados. As Virginia ABC explains the new law, HB706 adds “beer and cider to the list of alcoholic beverages that may be consumed by customers on the premises of any restaurant with an ABC license, provided the alcoholic beverage has been lawfully acquired and is brought onto the premises by the patron in a sealed container.”

The Benefits The benefits for consumers seem evident. As the palate becomes more discerning, we begin to care about enjoying a fine beer with a meal. At home, that’s not a problem, as we pull a favorite from the fridge. Restaurants, however, can pose a challenge – though a few offer both a stellar beer selection and gastronomically delightful food, most force a disappointing choice. Now we can have our beer and eat well, too. Bottle shares provide another advantage. Imagine meeting friends for dinner out, each one bringing a whale or a high-ABV large-format bottle that’s a bit much for home consumption. In other potential scenarios, you can follow a visit to a brewery with a restaurant meal, enjoying a new-bought beer – bottle – with your meal. (Note the law does not allow for growlers or home brew.) Intrigued by beer cocktails? Tote a bottle to a craft cocktail bar and let the bartender pick a spirit to create an entirely new drink. (A less-recent law change: a bar or restaurant with a mixed beverage license may combine beer with wine and/or spirits as the customer places said order.) The benefits for restaurants seem equally clear. A small, foodfocused restaurant may not have the storage space or customer base for a large beer inventory nor the knowledge for choosing what will pair and sell. Many ales and lagers are best fresh, so - 12 -


neglected beers are like money down the drain. What’s more, they and their patrons may be slow to realize the glory of contemporary craft and how marvelously it matches with a meal. For these reasons, an otherwise reputable restaurant may not carry a wide selection of beer. Allowing a customer to bring their own reduces inventory and waste while still pleasing beer-loving diners. The corkage fee can ensure that the restaurant doesn’t lose money by allowing this privilege. In early July, I began to explore the new law for myself, especially reaching out to restaurants whose cuisine had received accolades but whose beer menu was, by comparison, lacking. For my first stab at toting my own, I called Tazza Kitchen in Chesterfield – seasonal fresh dining with a small beer list that features basic flagship beers, none that made my mouth water. Though initially unaware of the law change, they quickly agreed to allow outside beer or cider. I took in a Brothers 3rd Anniversary Belgian Tripel, which made a perfect companion to Tazza’s pasta and vegetables with herbs. Also, Magnolia’s at the Mill in Purcellville (Loudoun County) is accepting outside beer, charging $10 for 750mL bottles and $5 for anything smaller.

Who’s Playing? Alas, not all restaurants are allowing outside beer or cider. Some are not aware of the law change and need time to process the possibilities. Some are letting other restaurants test the waters before committing. One restaurateur I talked with was concerned about the inconvenience for servers (though I’ve learned since that patrons can legally open their own bottles). Understandably, one

cask ale f e s t i va l GM expressed fear that customers wouldn’t tip on the corkage fee (a concern it’s up to us as consumers to alleviate). Another simply doesn’t see a need for allowing any beers beyond their (paltry) list, a sentiment the same restaurant holds for its wine list. For those restaurants that have decided to participate, the fees range widely – $2 for 12- or 16-ounce containers at Belle & James in downtown Richmond, $20 at Saison in Jackson Ward. Jay Bayer of Saison explained that the $20 fee is equivalent to their wine corkage fee. “We specialize in large format beer that is oftentimes as expensive as wine. We treat the two categories as equals.” Bayer at Saison and Greg White at Belle & James both encourage customers to bring bottles for beer cocktails, too. Capital Ale House, with locations in Richmond, Short Pump, Midlothian, Harrisonburg and Fredericksburg, is charging 35 cents per ounce. “Beers come in so many different sizes compared to wine, so we decided a price per ounce was the best way to go,” said Matt Simmons, president of Capital Ale House. Wegmans Pubs (in Wegmans stores in Alexandria, Short Pump and Midlothian) charge $10 per table for outside beer or cider, unlimited bottles per table. Given the store’s generous bottle selection, the policy seems perfect for the impatient imbiber, directly from shelf to table.

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The Rules Though some beer drinkers express disdain at the idea of, in essence, paying for a beer twice, think of it as a fee for renting the space and services. Relative to previous restrictions, the new law is a privilege, and with privileges come responsibilities and parameters. Some suggestions: Call first to determine policy and fee. Whether to allow outside beer or cider and how much to charge is entirely the restaurants’ discretion – respect their decisions. The law is limited to restaurants – you still can’t take outside alcohol to performing arts facilities, cideries, wineries or breweries. By law, restaurants can’t serve or allow consumption by an intoxicated patron, regardless of who provides the alcohol – monitor yourself or prepare to be monitored. Tip generously, considering what you would have paid for your drinks had the restaurant provided. The new beer and cider corkage fee regulation honors the rights and wishes of customers and restaurants. Thoughtful support can provide benefits for both sides of the bar.


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Brewfest at Workhouse Arts Center was a success

A Day of Cold Beer, Cool Art, and Hot Temperatures By Jefferson Evans & Chuck Triplett


n August 13, over 30 Virginia craft breweries, along with a number of wineries and distilleries, came together for the first-ever Brewfest at the Workhouse Arts Center at the intersection of Workhouse Road and Ox Road (Route 123) in Lorton, VA. It was a day of record setting heat and humidity, which presented obvious challenges, but attendees generally were complimentary as to the level of organization and number of volunteers present to help make the Brewfest successful given the brutal weather conditions. Virginia Craft Beer Magazine was able to catch up with Ava Spece, Workhouse President + CEO, and get her take on how the day went and the challenges of a non-beer business putting together a beer-centric festival.

How did the festival go? Workhouse Brewfest was amazing! We had nearly 2,500 guests enjoying 40 craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries, along with 16 bands and nearly 20 gourmet food vendors. In between tasting some of Virginia’s most exciting craft beers, guests watched Workhouse Artist Martin Cervantez live-paint a 6’x6’ canvas from start to finish, played lawn games, and toured the 12 art galleries, our prison museum, and the 65 artist studios at the Workhouse. When was a beer fest brought up as a proposed event and when did the final decision to have the event occur and planning begin in earnest? I had discussions about having a beer festival at the Workhouse in October of 2015 - 14 -


with Patricia Stevens, Executive Director of Fairfax County’s Office of Public Private Partnerships (OP3). Patti was interested in finding a way to highlight the amazing food and beer being produced in the county, and felt that the Workhouse Arts Center would be the perfect place to bring the event to life. Our first serious planning meeting took place in December of last year. Is the fest being organized and run by in-house workhouse arts center staff or was an outside company brought in to organize and run all or part of it? Visualizing the Workhouse Brewfest and bringing it to life was a collaborative effort, definitely. With so many creative and operational items on our to-do list, it made sense to tap into some amazingly talented groups throughout the county. The

Workhouse Brewfest was a success because of our collaboration and partnership with Celebrate Fairfax, Visit Fairfax, OP3, and the Fairfax County Park Authority. Is it expected that this will become an annual event or is it viewed more of a one-off event? We absolutely expect that Workhouse Brewfest will become an annual event! This year’s inaugural Brewfest accomplished many critical business goals for the Workhouse, Fairfax County, and Virginia. For us, Brewfest introduced the Workhouse to many people throughout the region who had never been to our campus, taken an art class at the Workhouse, or been to one of our free Second Saturday Art Walks. For Fairfax County and for the Commonwealth, Brewfest highlighted the “deep bench” we

have in the county and throughout the state when it comes to craft beer, wine, and distilled spirits, as well as all the money and activity these small businesses generate for tourism, commerce, employment, quality of life, and more. Given all that, we’re already well into the planning stages for Workhouse Brewfest 2017, so be sure to pencil us in for the weekend of August 12! Who were the first breweries to sign on for the beerfest? The Workhouse Arts Center is in Fairfax County, which is home to a number of impressive breweries, so the first invitations were sent to our local favorites. Fair Winds Brewing Company was the first to sign on. Have there been any previous events at the workhouse arts center with an overt adult beverage component, whether beer, wine, spirits, or mixed drinks? The Workhouse has hosted a number of events throughout the years that have had some focus on wine or beer, but nothing on the scale of Workhouse Brewfest. And of course for the next year, we’ll be featuring Heritage Brewing Company’s American Expedition Honey Ginger Wheat Ale at many of our events – they were selected by Brewfest guests as Workhouse Brewfest Craft Beer of the Year. Have there been any unexpected challenges with arranging the event, clearing it with Virginia ABC, getting any required permits, etc? Our goal with Brewfest, as with all our events, was to ensure that the experiences our guests had at the event wildly exceeded their expectations. So while there weren’t really any unexpected challenges, there were certainly lots of details and hard work involved in creating the Hopstar Lounge, recruiting the best breweries and other vendors, booking phenomenal bands, and planning fun activities to further the Workhouse’s creative mission. We received excellent support and guidance from Fairfax County and the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, as well. Based on the feedback we’ve received from beer distributors, breweries, and guests, Workhouse Brewfest has set a new standard in the region for such events. Why August? August is hot. August is Craft Beer Month in Virginia, so it seemed like a natural time to throw a huge party in celebration of the art, craft, and economic impact of beer on the Commonwealth. Beyond the delicious creations of Virginia brewers, their efforts are key to the economic health of the state; nearly 150 breweries employ almost 10,000 people and generate nearly a billion dollars of economic impact. Similarly, the Workhouse serves as an economic driver for our region through the many visual and performing arts experiences it provides as well as the many community events it produces throughout the year. We also wanted to make sure all our favorite breweries were available to join us for Workhouse Brewfest; it worked out that August was the best time to have everyone come together on our campus. And while sure, August is generally on the warm side, this year’s heat was very unusual. Thankfully, we had plenty of buildings with chilly air conditioning and lots of misting fans. The best measure of whether people were having a great time at Workhouse Brewfest is that they stuck with us despite this year’s heat, dancing to the sounds of Herr Metal and Practically Einstein, drinking frosty beers from Forge and Fair Winds, and exploring all the vibrant creativity the Workhouse has to offer. VIRGINIACRAFTBEER.COM

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James River Brewery Wins VA Beer Cup By Jeff Maisey


raditional beer lovers rejoiced recently when James River Brewery won “Best of Show” for its British-inspired River Runner ESB (Extra Special Bitter). “It was totally unexpected,” said Bob Sherman of James River Brewery. “We came here hoping for the best.” The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild hosted the 2016 Virginia Craft Beer Cup Awards on August 16 at WestRock in Richmond. There were more than 280 brewers in attendance to celebrate excellence in craft beer. The Virginia Craft Beer Cup competition, managed by master Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judge Tom Cannon, had 378 beers entered for review. The judging took place  July 30 at Fair Winds Brewing Company in Lorton.  “This year was about member development, developing quality beer,” said Brett Vassey, President & CEO, Virginia Craft Brewers Guild. “There are breweries that have been open less than a year and they’re winning gold in new and creative categories. That’s what the Cup was always intended to do – give these guys a shot - 16 -


and a highlight that no one would ever see unless they were in their community. “One of the advantages of our competition is we have judges that are BJCP certified. We give every competitor their judging sheets so they get to see exactly what 40-plus judges think of their beer. It’s not only a competition, but also a free product analysis.” While James River Brewery took home the coveted Cup after being crowned “Best of Show,” we at Virginia Craft Beer Magazine did an analysis to independently determine which brewery did the best overall. There’s isn’t an award for this accomplishment, but we hope the Guild will consider this in the future. For our calculation, we provided the following weights: 3 points for first place, 2 points for second, and 1 point for third place. Our results concluded Back Room Brewery with 10 points was the overall top achiever, followed by Final Gravity (9 points) and Sunken City (8 points). Food – make that beer – for thought! The 2016 Virginia Craft Brewers Cup winners are as follows:

the answer Best of Show

Light American Beer

First Beer Hound Brewery, Olde Yella Second Wolf Hills Brewing Company, Carry on Wheatward Sun Third Beer Hound Brewery, Teddy

Czech Lager

First Port City Brewing Company, Downright Pilsner Second Lost Rhino Brewing Company, Rhino Chasers Pilsner Third Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Pony Pasture Pilsner

Munich Lager  

First Fair Winds Brewing Company, Hells Navigator Second Three Notch’d Brewing Company, Brew Betties Maibock Third South Street Brewery, My Personal Helles

sunken city

First Place Best of Show James River Brewery, River Runner ESB Second Place Best of Show Old Bust Head Brewing Company, Oktoberfest Third Place Best of Show Backroom Brewery, Lemon Basil Wheat Beer


First Mad Fox Brewing Company, Kolsch Ale Second Ornery Beer Company, Kolsch Third Bull and Bones Brewhaus, Kolsch First Second Third

Sunken City Brewing Company, Dam Lager Back Bay Brewing Company, Gringo Escutcheon Brewing Company, John Riggins’ 4th & 1 Pilsner

Marzen and Vienna Lager

First Old Bust Head Brewing Company, Oktoberfest Second Starr Hill Brewery, Jomo Third Caboose Brewing Company, Crossroads Vienna Lager


German Pils and International Lager


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starr hill


German Wheat Beer

First Lost Rhino Brewing Company, Final Glide HefeWeizen Second Starr Hill Brewery, The Love Third River Company Brewery, Farmhouse Hefeweizen

British Bitter

First James River Brewery, River Runner ESB Second Lake Anne Brew House, Lord Fairfax English Pale Ale Third Port City Brewing Company, Monumental IPA

Old Ale and Wee Heavy


First Backroom Brewery, The Ferminator Second Heritage Brewing Company, King’s Mountain Third Redbeard Brewing Company, 221B Baker Brown

Darker European Beer

First Ardent Craft Ales, Schwarzbier Second Big Ugly Brewing Company, Ghost Rider Porter Third Bull and Bones Brewhaus, Appalachia Alt

British Dark Ale

First Pleasure House Brewing, No Waves Second Midnight Brewery, Not My Job Third Three Notch’d Brewing Company, No Veto Brown Ale

Irish Red Ale

First Dirt Farm Brewing, Red Meri Second Pale Fire Brewing Company, Red Molly Third Capitol City Brewing Company, Irish Red Ale


Irish Stout

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First Backroom Brewery, Oatmeal Stout Second Final Gravity Brewing Company, Irish Goodbye Third Old 690 Brewing Company, Old 690 Chocolate Milk Stout

American Blonde and Brown Ale

First Caboose Brewing Company, Caboose Brown Ale Second Castleburg Brewery and Taproom, Bishop’s Brown Ale Third Legend Brewing Company, Brown Ale

American Pale Ale First Second Third

Pro Re Nata Brewing Company, Old Trail Pale Ale Three Notch’d Brewing Company, Ghost of the 43rd Pale Ale Beltway Brewing Company, Rain or Shine

American Amber Ale

First Final Gravity Brewing Company, Fire Station 5 Second O’Connor Brewing Company, Red Nun Red Ale Third Lake Anne Brew House, Reston Red

American Dark Ale First Second Third

Old Ox Brewery, Black Ox Sunken City Brewing Company, The Columbian Coffee Stout Port City Brewing Company, Porter

American IPA

First The Answer, Larceny Second Fair Winds Brewing Company, Howling Gale IPA Third Old Ox Brewery, Hoppy Place

Specialty IPA

First Sunken City Brewing Company, Red Clay IPA Second Lost Rhino Brewing Company, Dawn Patrol Session IPA Third Parkway Brewing Company, Factory Girl Session IPA

Double IPA

First Final Gravity Brewing Company, Venus Rising Second Pale Fire Brewing Company, Village Green Third Final Gravity Brewing Company, The Message

Strong Ale

First Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Virginia Black Bear Second Triple Crosssing Brewing Company, Black Dolphin Third Studio Brew, Czardust

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First Strangeways Brewing, Uberlin Berliner Weisse Second Ornery Beer Company, Go Go Gose Third Corcoran Brewing, Life Gose Round

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These upcycled glasses made from beer bottles from Blue Mountain Barrel House’s seasonal pumpkin beer, Spooky, would be perfect for sipping your crafty brew on Halloween. Each glass is carefully cut and sanded to remove sharp edges and provides a smooth rim for drinking. Set of two, $22.

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US Sen. Mark Warner enjoys a pint at O’Connor Brewing Company


Perspectives on the

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Tourism By Jeff Maisey


oming of age – legal drinking age that is – in the early 1980s was akin to living in the Dark Ages for a beer consumer in Virginia. Transitioning to an Age of Discovery required an exploration beyond Norfolk, Virginia city limits (my hometown) in a quest for good beer. The post-prohibition, mass production beers known to all were dominant, of course. I, for one, considered myself lucky to come across a rare Guinness Extra Stout or Bass Pale Ale at a grocery store or restaurant. Imported brands were limited to a handful of Dutch (Heineken/ Grolsch) and German (Beck’s/St. Pauli Girl) lagers/pilsners, as well as those from Canada like Molson, Moosehead and LaBatt. In the Hampton Roads region, those of us in Norfolk would drive 45 minutes up to the Williamsburg Pottery Factory, located in Lightfoot, where an oasis of great beer was presented on shelves and clustered by country of origin.


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Beer +Tourism Keep in mind these were pre-internet days. Any knowledge of Belgian triples, British ESBs or German dunkelweizen was primarily the result of randomly purchasing a bottle from the Pottery Factory to take home. These store shelves were also the point of entry for American craft beer in the form of Anchor Steam and Yuengling as well as upstart brand Pete’s Wicked Ale. A few days before Christmas in the late ‘80s, I attended the Palace Green Lighting in Colonial Williamsburg. Just after sunset, a hanging basket of wood was set ablaze in front of each house approaching the Colonial Governor’s Palace. A firing squad shot muskets into the air for each in celebration. Immediately following on the cold December nigh, I popped into one of the historic taverns – Chowning’s – and

encountered my first Samuel Adams. It was served in a pewter mug along with bite-size Smithfield ham sandwiches. It was soon after this experience that I concluded the best way to enjoy better beer was to travel to places where beer was an essential ingredient of the culture. My first real beer travel adventure was in England to drink Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout at the source in tiny Tadcaster. I found very much to my liking the plethora of British pubs, each with a good 8 to 10 hand-pulled taps of beer previously unknown to me. I’ve since spent a lot of my vacation time visiting beer halls, pubs, cafes and breweries throughout Europe. My travels, though, haven’t been limited to just a quest for beer. In each case, I, along with friends, enhance our experience by taking-in castles, canal rides, live music, museums, art galleries, hiking, biking…you get the point. It’s a lifestyle chosen by what I like to believe are “culturally enlightened” people, and that is to say it’s a mindset, not limited by demographics. In Virginia, it was also the mid-1980s that modern-day wineries began to appear. Each had a tasting room where patrons could sample, relax and purchase a bottle or case to go. In essence, it was

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Beer +Tourism A bottle of Old Stitch Brown Ale is brewed by Alewerks for Colonial Williamsburg

the beginning of Virginia’s still booming agri-tourism trade. By the mid-2000s, the number of Virginia wineries was in the 200 range. By contrast, in 2006, craft breweries within the Commonwealth numbered only in the 20s. Unless they operated as a brewpub, serving both food and beer, breweries were considered to be a manufacturing facility and no law existed to grant them the same privilege enjoyed by wineries to allow visitors to sample, consume or walk out the front door with a bottle of beer. That, as we know, all changed in 2012 thanks to the lobbying efforts of the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild and the passage of State Bill 604. A true, organically-grown cultural revolution has been the result with a far-reaching economic impact that ties together breweries, restaurants, hotels, and attractions ranging from outdoor adventures like mountain bike trails, and kayaking to concerts, museums and festivals. In just four years, craft beer has become big business in Virginia and everyone is taking note. “One of the 11 foundations of tourism for the Commonwealth is now craft beer,” said Brett Vassey, president of the Virginia Manufactures Association, which oversees the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild. “We’re over a billion dollar industry now. We are a driver of tourism. The Virginia Tourism Corporation is doing advertising as far away as Canada getting people coming through Virginia on the way to the beach, and they stay and play in our breweries. Tourism is as much about craft beer as it was about wine, culinary, mountains and beaches. It’s just going to keep growing.” “Last year we had 40 million visitors to the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe, while at a brewery collaboration at Stone Brewing in Richmond. “It’s a $26 million industry and employs hundreds of thousands of folks. An integral part of that tourism is folks visiting our craft breweries. They come in; they love the beers; love the experience they get. Craft breweries, wineries and oysters are all part of the puzzle. I think craft breweries have really put us on the map and give tourists another reason why they should come to Virginia.” “Craft beer is a huge driver for travelers, and with more than 160 breweries around the state (and counting), it’s easy to see why Virginia is for Craft Beer Lovers,” added Caroline Logan, Director of Communications, Virginia Tourism Corporation. “Craft beer is one of our core lures, so we work closely with the craft beer industry and our tourism industry partners around the state to promote Virginia as a destination for craft beer lovers. We do this through social media, advertising, special events, and public relations efforts.” While beer tourism is new and exciting in Virginia, it’s been going strong on the West Coast for some time. As large craft breweries from California and Oregon have sought locations on the East Coast to operate a production facility to better distribute fresher product to consumers from Main to Florida, they also have tasting rooms and bring their tourism strategies. “In San Diego craft beer tourism is huge,” said Stone Brewing president and cofounder Steve Wagner. “We’ve got 130-plus breweries there now and it’s a big part of our tourism business. We have a San Diego Craft Beer Week. We get financing from the city to advertise because we get tons of visitors. It’s a real shot in the arm for the economy, and it helps us build our brands.” Stone plans to offer a full service restaurant and outdoor experience in RVA just as it does in Southern California. This may even include a Stone hotel. “We like to provide a complete experience to craft beer fans when they come to visit us,” said Wagner. “We want them to have a great tour experience. We want them to bring their families and be able to have a great meal and typically sit-down outdoors. That’s something we learned early-on and that’s what we’ll provide here in Richmond too.” Where Stone Brewery selected Richmond for its edgy, urban vibe and strategically important geographic location at the intersection of I-95 and I-64 smack in the middle of the Mid-Atlantic region, fellow San Diego-area Green Flash Brewing Company will operate in Virginia Beach (opening November 13) for distribution purposes, but especially for the tourism component. Green Flash owner Mike Hinkley wanted a coastal community, a military hub, and area with a dynamic tourism draw. Virginia Beach is ideal. Brad Van Dommelen is the recently-hired director of Virginia Beach Convention &

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Explore our great outdoors and enjoy great beer, too. Come tap into that authenticity you crave. Real fields and farms. Pristine waters. Endless mountain views. Hiking trails. Farmers’ markets. Mountain biking. Music festivals. Fascinating small cities. And local characters. We’re all that and more. Wherever your adventures take you, we’ve got a brewery nearby to quench your thirst.

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Beer +Tourism Visitors Bureau. Van Dommelen hails from the tourism office of Traverse City, Michigan where culinary tourism is a huge draw, especially for wine and craft beer. He has been please with the recent developments related to breweries opening in Virginia Beach. “The craft beer industry in Virginia Beach is a newer product in our tourism mix and now we are reaching a scale that truly makes Virginia Beach a viable destination for craft beer tourism,” he said. “We are promoting this experience through our website, social media and also in niche publications that focus on this market segment.” The folks at Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery selected Roanoke as their future East Coast home for its connection to I-81 and because of the city’s similarity to Bend and the mountains.   Having close ties to the hills for such outdoor activities as rock climbing, mountain biking and hiking the Appalachian Trail is an important lifestyle compliment for many craft beer travelers. Several regional tourism bureaus advertise using such imagery to appeal to active beer-cationers to visit breweries along their designated beer trail. Arguably the most popular beer trail is Nelson County’s Brew Ridge Trail, which was spearheaded by Starr Hill Brewery founder Mark Thompson. The scenic county was known for its wineries but sought a way to connect the breweries stretching from Arrington to Crozet. “It was very successful early on, when breweries were still so sparse in the state,” said Taylor Smack, owner of Blue Mountain Brewery, Blue Mountain Barrel House and South Street Brewery. “Having us all clustered together in a county already rife with agricultural- and outdoors-oriented tourism really worked for us.” Nelson County is a rural area. The main city within an hour drive is Charlottesville. About 90% of Blue Mountain’s customers Monday through Thursday live nearby. That number is 50% Friday through Sunday when tourists hit the road for the weekend getaway. Tourism has played a major role in Blue Mountain’s success.  “Our Afton Blue Mountain Brewery and restaurant sits on the way to Wintergreen resort,” explain Smack. “It’s at the feet of mile 0 of the Blue Ridge Parkway (to the south) and the southernmost entrance to Shenandoah National Park (to the north). The George Washington National Forest winds its way through Nelson. We’ve got

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Crabtree Falls, the James River, and as much history as any place in a state that has more history than anywhere in America. We’re 25 minutes from Charlottesville, the University of Virginia and Monticello. There are 14 vineyards, 5 breweries, 3 distilleries, a kombucha brewery and a hard cidery in a county with only 12,000 people and one stop light. We’ve got apple orchards, Fall festivals, the Lockn’ music festival and on and on. We’re basically built to succeed with tourism. This was not at all the case when Blue Mountain opened its doors to a bit of eye-rolling as the first brewery in rural Nelson County in the middle of a hay field in 2007, but hey, we helped to create our own reality. The craft beverage producers here have just added a very lively new dimension to tourism that Nelson County already had. And it really has worked wonderfully. Much of Virginia is rural with small towns scattered in every direction. Some towns and cities now look to craft beer as a means of revival. Last year, Senator Warner hosted the Southwest Virginia Craft Beer Summit allowed industry leaders and community stakeholders to discuss the economic development opportunities surrounding craft beer. “I’ve seen the development of craft breweries over the last decade in Virginia,” said Sen. Warner by phone. “I saw what an impact is has from a tourism standpoint and from a community building standpoint. Back when I was governor we created the Music Heritage Trail in Southwest Virginia – the Crooked Road. It was a great connection between the Crooked Road effort and the craft breweries in Southwest Virginia. To go back now and see downtown Bristol alive in way it hadn’t been in a long time is great. I wanted to know what we could do from a state and federal level to try to encourage more of this. This is both community building and economic development together.” “Building critical mass is important for any community,” said Catherine Fox, Vice President of Public Affairs & Development, Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge. “For example, Vinton is excited about their new brewery and hopes to attract a hotel development. Their proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway gives them more product to package and attract visitors. The Beerway is a perfect example of connecting the breweries in all areas.” The trend for today’s travelers is for authentic, experiential travel—they want to experience the destination like a local might, and they’re always on the lookout for local flavor. “Travelers are also planning their trips in a “hub and spoke” model,” said Caroline Logan. “They are traveling to a destination – like Williamsburg, for example – as the main lure, or hub, for Colonial Williamsburg. But while they’re there, they’ll also visit a brewery, rent a bike and ride the Capital Trail, eat at a local restaurant, and do some shopping. It’s Vacation+ -- and craft breweries definitely fit into that equation.” Michael Claar, who now works as chief of operations at Alewerks in Williamsburg, was the manager of DoG Street Pub, located in Merchants Square. The craft beer component offered added value to the visitor experience in Williamsburg. “It’s a reward to the parents of families who still reliably visit and it attracts the sought after non-family adults looking for a mature experience,” said Claar. “If you visit France you drink French wine; when you visit Williamsburg you drink Williamsburg beer. Craft beer allows visitors to get a taste of what it is like to live in a particular region in a visceral and literal way.” To that point, Alewerks contract brews several beers exclusively for the Williamsburg Foundation. Beer such as Old Stitch Brown Ale

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is found in gift shops and in the historic taverns including King’s Arms. “Frank Clark, Historian with the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Foodways program, performs intensive research in each beer before bringing the recipe to Alewerks Brewmaster Geoff Logan, where they decipher how to translate to modern recipes and methods while remaining authentic,” explained Claar. “The partnership developed out of the friendship and mutual respect between Clark and Logan.” Alewerks currently brews and bottles Old Stitch Brown Ale, Dear Old Mum Spiced Wheat Ale, Weatherburn’s Tavern Bristol Ale and Toby’s Triplethreads Porter for Colonial Williamsburg. Governor Terry McAuliffe announced 39 more breweries will open in Virginia by the end of 2016. And if that’s now enough, Secretary of Commerce Todd Haymore expects to bring more from out of state. “Virginia is going to continue to recruit new business, and craft beer is an important part of that,” Haymore said. “We’ll be going for international breweries coming here, out of state breweries, and also local breweries – to help them expand.” “Craft beer is big business in Virginia, supporting about 8,900 jobs and with an estimated economic impact of $1 billion,” Logan said. “While we don’t yet have specific data for the economic impact of beer-cationers in Virginia, craft beer is one of our big travel drivers, and we had a recordbreaking year in 2015. Visitors spent $23 billion, which supporting 223,100 jobs and contributed $1.6 billion to state and local taxes. Craft beer definitely had a role in that!”

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Ammo Brewing :

to take care of family after working in Georgetown. Ammons’ firm is called Studio Ammons and in 2004 he set up shop at 235 N. Market Street after renovating a building there that once housed a car dealership. The dealership was hit by a tornado in 1993 which totally destroyed six thousand feet of the building complex and lots of vintage Jaguars which were on exhibit. After years of managing a very busy firm with ten to fifteen By Steve Deason employees, Ammons decided to downsize so he could better take care of his 97 year old father. Meanwhile Adams was tired of over thirteen years of driving what she jokingly refers to as “those two little inches on a map” to her job and home in Fairfax. Ammons and Adams are engaged and have been together since 2002. Ammons has experience designing breweries such as the Trapezium Brewery featured in our last issue. After downsizing, the couple decided a brewery was the best use of the building at this point. They explain, “We want to do smaller more focused things that are meaningful to us and that make a difference in the community, both on the architecture and the brewery business side.” Ammo’s two barrel brewery and its taproom are now located in the front of the building with the smaller StudioAmmons operating out of offices in the rear. There are welcoming tables with umbrellas out front and a beer garden is being developed next to the brewery in the area cleared by the tornado long ago. Ammons says,“We live right around the corner; we walk here; we bring our dogs. We want our world to be centered right here. We see it becoming sort of the living room for downtown, a public square, and a visitor’s center for downtown.” Ammo Brewery has creative signs both inside and outside the taproom showing what is nearby of interest. “There Ammo Brewery Owners Ann Adams and Terry Ammons is not a lot of information for those who visit downtown, we want them to stay a little while and see what is going on.” The couple places, put some life back into them … reweries and bars have often been says in some ways this is “more important we have been here for years doing small called an oasis as an alternative to the than the brewing business although we do projects, sort of homesteading, and we are term “watering hole.” According to just starting to see things turn a bit with some have a goal of making excellent beer and Encarta Dictionary oasis also means “a maintaining a high quality… they all kind of destination projects” such as Trapezium, place or period that gives relief from a work together.” Bucket Trade, and Demolition Coffee. troubling or chaotic situation.” Although Ammons is a detail oriented guy who Ammons explains that private industry can Ammo Brewery Founders Terry Ammons change the image of a city. “People who visit describes himself as a planner. Therefore he and Ann Adams don’t talk about Petersburg studied brewing from the Siebel Institute of such places come away saying I go down to as chaotic they do talk about how they want Technology and brewed for three months that great little coffee shop. They don’t say to help a city that has struggled. Ammons before opening the doors in June this year. what are Petersburg’s other problems.” shares,“We have been working for a long The hoppy beers that Ammo offers are Architect Ammons grew up in Colonial time as a preservation architect, as a planner, high in alcohol as he strives to balance Heights and returned to the area in 1996 a designer - how do we save these small Steve Deason

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Ginger Ale and Tiny Soda. Their first such beverage is a ginger and hibiscus carbonated beverage named Cockade Ale whose recipe is based on a drink Adams grew up drinking in the Republic of Panama. The name Cockade is also a tip to the history of the area. The Petersburg Volunteers who served valiantly in the War of 1812 wore a rosette on their caps and Cockade City has been a nickname for Petersburg ever since. Ammons has worked with other communities such as Hopewell and South Boston on redevelopment options and shares “the rise of craft brewery is one thing but the role of the small brewery in a small town is to me something that’s really interesting. I don’t know of anything else people claim as local more than a brewery.” At Ammo Brewery, Adams says they aim to be a place that’s comfortable but will also be dynamic. She says you will want to come back often to see what’s going on. They have added a gallery and expect to host events of all kinds. The taproom music is usually jazz or blues and is played through a tube amp. Ammons adds,“You can paint it anyway you want but the craft industry is a pretty white world. We live in a city that is 80-85% African American. We want to help all Petersburg people have a place to come.We wanted to be part of a process that helps move the city forward a little bit, maybe a lot.” Southern Exposure Food Truck is at the brewery each weekend and fans are already talking on Facebook about enjoying a brunch of their “brisket and gravy” and Ammo’s excellent beers Sunday mornings when they open at ten. There is nary a word about Petersburg’s problems in such reviews.

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out bitterness. Crater Hop Bomb is an 11.5 ABV Triple IPA. The recipe includes five different hop varieties yet is described as “the smoothest hoppy beer you’ll ever have.” Their Little Monster Imperial IPA is 8.9 ABV and uses German Pilsner Malts to add a little sweetness. Proper conditioning is critical to making a beer to style and letting flavors blend properly according to Ammons. Using a play on an old wine commercial, Adams and Ammons say the small brewery has the luxury of selling no “beer before its time.” As examples Ammons says his “Rosemary’s Baby Saison needed a month of conditioning for the rosemary to blend with other herbs and not be resiny. Or our Fup Duck Smoked Porter, if you pull it out too soon, it’s harsh.” Ammons and Adams both like introducing people to new styles of beer. To date, no two beers are off of the same recipe. Ammons says his brewing studies motivate him “toward making a distinction between making a historical style well and trying something because it might be interesting.” He goes on to say he wants to brew like he designs with about half being new crazy things and the other half focused on tradition and local things. Black Racer is a delicious low alcohol (4.5 ABV) Summer Stout made with cold brewed coffee from Richmond’s Blanchard’s Coffee Roasters. Ammo also offered a Grisette, a Belgian Pale Ale, and a Cherry Gose at opening. Ammons’ son Malcolm assists with brewing and helps Emma White and Kelsey Barnes in the taproom. In addition to their beers, the brewery is developing several non-alcoholic beverages as a homage to the Bain’s Bottling Works that once was located in the same space. During remodeling, the team found many old bottles of Bain’s

Ammo exterior in Petersburg

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Red Dragon Brewery President Tom Evans, Brewer Coary Natale, and Co-Founder Dan Baker

Red Dragon Brewery:

Old World Pub, New World Beer By Steve Deason


om Evans, Co-Founder and President of Red Dragon Brewery, had all employees watch the documentary Irish Pub because he respects the tradition of the pub and what it means to the community. Red Dragon is located in a residential area of downtown Fredericksburg, and Evans says “We want to be like old school English Pubs where the neighborhood just walks in and feel like (they are) at home.” The Red Dragon name and logo derive from the Flag of Wales. Evans’ ancestors are from the area. Co-Founders Dan Baker and Evans are quick to point out that although they respect the atmosphere of Old World Pubs,

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the beer is not chasing a theme. The twenty taps at Red Dragon will offer a variety beer styles. Brewer Cody Natale, formally at Blue and Gray / Adventure South Brewery was recruited for the team based on his reputation, training and creativity according to the Founders. Natale says his favorite beers are juicy American IPAs like those from his all-time favorite brewer Shaun Hill of Hill Farmstead Brewery. Sideways IPA with Mosaic, Citra, and Simcoe hops was the Red Dragon’s first release in this style. The co-founders’ focus is squarely on the beer. Although the community space is important to them, they are already

researching a production facility. “We want to be sure we provide a craft product everyone will enjoy, a high quality product. Everything is about the betterment of the beer. We would like to have the best beer in the country or at least the east coast,” proclaims Baker. The owners have confidence in their young brewer and his Siebel Institute of Technology training to deliver on their goals. “We liked Cody (Natale) as a person. We liked he had the education and a good reputation. We firmly believe in him. We will trust and empower him to do the right thing,” says Baker. Though they were concerned about having enough beer for Grand Opening, two batches of IPA were discarded. Evans opines people will forgive you for running out but not for serving crappy beer. Natale says,“That’s one thing I respect about these

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A very pub-like exterior

guys, if it’s not up to par, it’s not up to par. “ Natale loved working for the guys from Adventure, but moved to Red Dragon for a bigger role in a smaller brewery with new equipment. He said at this size you learn what works and doesn’t quickly Already he has learned the water changes in Fredericksburg with the temperature due to its old pipes. Natale is excited at the opportunity to be creative and to make lots of different beers. When asked about why there were no flagship beers, Natale responded, “You cannot force a flagship beer, the public will dictate this.” This was his first experience with all that is required to open a brewery and he is amazed at the work done by the founders’ families. He adds, “It’s really nice when you work for somebody who cares as much about you and your family as they do their own. It makes you feel like you are part of the family.” Baker has been best friends with Evans’ brother since childhood. The Co-Founders are part of a local group of friends called the Tankard Society that meet about once a month for fellowship and beer. Evans created a brewery business plan in 2011 with Bakers input. Evans ultimately decided not to open a brewery then because it would pull him away from his family. Instead, he invested in an all-electric stainless steel twenty gallon brewing system at his home. With this system, Evans brewed for the Tankard Society, his brother’s bike racing team, and at the urging of his buddy Mike Walsh for a wedding gift. Last year, Walsh encouraged Evans to rent a small space and open a brewery using his small system. Evans knew that would mean brewing at least twice a day something he didn’t want to do. However with their children now older, Evans and Baker both were ready for something new. They updated the 2011 continued

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brewery plans, this time as partners, and opened Red Dragon Brewery on August 15, 2016. Evans’ homebrews often focus on English Style Beers. His parents took the entire family of fourteen on a two week trip to Wales, England and Ireland to explore the family roots his father had documented in a book. Evans bought several Mild beers while there. Such low alcohol beers are not common in the U.S and Evans wanted to see if he had been brewing them well. Evans was pleased to find he had “nailed it.” Evans however keeps his hands off the brewing at the brewery. Natale has adapted several of Evans’ recipes for the oversized four barrel system such as Kilkenny Kolsch with Jasmine Tea and plans to do more. The system with seven fermenters and seven brite tanks is designed to offer more choices on tap. “Nothing bothers me more than going to a place with the same beer they had six months before, same five or six beers. We want to consistently have something different on tap,” explains Evans. “The beer will be fresh and different with crazy IPAs, sours, barrel aging and some traditional beers too.” To support this variety the owners have already purchased firkins, a beer engine, ten wooden barrels, and are looking for some wine barrels. Evans happened upon the brewery’s location while on the - 40 -


way to look at a site in an industrial area but it needed zoning adjustments from the city. The first thing they did was invite the whole neighborhood to a meeting where they discussed their plans and addressed concerns. A nearby bar had been a problem for many in the past. Many of the residents knew Evans from his days as a City Police Officer and trusted him when he assured them he wasn’t opening such a bar. The building had last been a Goodwill Laundry. Baker said an awful lot of work went into the place. He described months of cleaning and vacuuming to remove the built up layers of dryer lint on the steel beams and elsewhere. Baker’s wife designed the taproom and he did the woodwork. “The amount of volunteers was amazing, (they) kept us motivated,” according to Evans. His brother is a teacher and spent the entire summer getting the place ready with the others. Although this was a do-it-yourself project like many other breweries you would not know it. The space holds eighty-five people who can comfortably carry on conversations due to its high ceilings. Evans says there are no TVs for sports because “that would defeat the purpose. We want people to talk and congregate.” First week visitors included a guy who long ago installed the building’s steel beams. Another visitor remembers the redheaded cashier from when he shopped with his mom at the Safeway that was once there. Opening night was crazy according to Evans. It was raining and the power went out. The registers had battery back-ups perhaps because both owners work in the IT world. The place was packed and the doors were propped open because of the heat. Evans said at one point he was outside and noticed the parking lot was almost empty. It seems the neighborhood had made themselves at home right from the beginning.

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Taking the Parkway

to Italy

How did you come to launch Parkway Brewing Company? Some good friends of mine run Breckenridge Brewery out in Denver. They’d been doing it since the early ‘90s. In 2008, when the economy crashed, I thought it was a good time to branch out. Me and the brewmaster at the time, Ryan Worthington, we wrote the business plan and were able to gather some investors. We were likeminded and took it from there. I just happened to be driving down the road and saw this building was for lease. I walked in and saw the floors and trench drains, and I said perfect. From the beginning Salem has been very pro-business, and the people of Salem have really supported the retail end of it. What size brewing unit did you start with? Well, we went big. We started with a 30-barrel brew-house. We had less fermenters then, but we’ve been adding to ‘em. We’re adding another 120 next month. Were your friends at Breckenridge helpful in getting you off the ground? Very much so, and they still are. We just did a collaboration for Floyd Fest, which they contributed some hops and yeast.

Mike “Keno” Snyder with a glass of Fortification Barleywine

By Jeff Maisey


hen I visited Parkway Brewing Company last year, the tasting room was super crowded, and interestingly enough located right in the brewery with only a rope separating patrons from the fermenting tanks. A new tasting room was under construction at the time, so I wanted to revisit and experience the award-winning brewery as it is today. Parkway’s tasting room is inviting with its leather crescent-shaped couch positioned in front of a stone fireplace. Large garage doors are open during warm months. Picnic tables are standard brewery seating. A kitschy mural adorns one solid wall and the bar showcases lots of colorful, eye-catching merchandise of Parkway’s flagship beer brands like Get Bent Mountain IPA, Raven’s Roost Baltic Porter, Majestic Mullet Krispy Kolsch and for its popular specialty brews such as The Remedy Brown ale and Factory Girl Session IPA. A raised stage allows for a variety of live music. Step outside onto a nice patio with a wooden footbridge arching over a tiny stream, belly-up to the outdoor bar and gaze at the crossed-wood fencing designed to emulate those on the nearby scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. Parkway Brewing Company was established in 2012 by owner/manager Mike “Keno” Snyder. Keno suffered a stroke in January, but that hasn’t kept him standing still. While still undergoing rehabilitation, Keno went to Italy for his “mental health,” and to connect with relatives – if he could find them. During my visit Keno shared a goblet of the brewery’s new Fortification Barleywine, a big yet delicious beer at over 12% ABV that is sure to be sipped and savored during the cooler days of October and November. In fact, I can see myself plopped right down on the leather seat absorbing the fireplace heat as a cold November wind kicks up colorful leaves from the surrounding hills. Here’s an excerpt from my chat with Keno. - 42 -


Parkway’s tasting room is now separated from the brewery by a wall and big glass windows. It also has a large, stone fireplace. How did this get incorporated into the design? Once we built it a contractor, who lives down the road, said, “Do you want a fireplace?” He is a regular customer and he wanted a fireplace. I said, “Sure.” So he built this fireplace out of cinderblock. Then I had a feeling a stonemason was probably going to walk in the door. And sure enough, about a month later this guy walks in and said, “I’m a stonemason.” I said, “Have at it.” All of this is Catawba stone from Catawba Mountain. I think this is the end of the Catawba stone. I understand a greenway will pass right by the brewery. What can you share about that plan? It’ll be a path for biking, walking, running. The idea is if they open train service from DC to Roanoke, which they’re supposed to do, I think people will be coming down because we have some of the best mountain biking in the country. They’ll be using the greenways. I wouldn’t be surprised if you see some boutique hotels open up all over the place on the greenway. How have sales grown since you opened the brewery? We’ve doubled every year. Adding the retail tasting room tripled our revenue immediately.

Outside of the Roanoke Valley region where are Parkway beers distributed? Throughout the Commonwealth. We’re also talking to some distributors in North Carolina, West Virginia and East Tennessee. And obviously DC and north will be next on the list. We’re currently waiting on money for a bottling line. The idea is once we get the bottling line I’ll feel more comfortable about expanding distribution. We also want to have a deeper imprint in Virginia. We’ve hired – I call him our international sales rep – Simon Thomas. He’s English but lives in Barcelona. He’s going to concentrate on Northern Virginia, Central Virginia and the Tidewater area. What are your thoughts on opening a satellite location for Parkway? As long as it’s not too close to the brewery. We talked about doing it in downtown Roanoke, but there are so many bars down there that sell our beer I don’t want to take away from them. I was also thinking Northern Italy. The Europeans have bought about $116 million worth of American craft beer last year. Devils Backbone’s over in England. They’re contract brewing over there. My idea is to put a 5 or 10-barrel system over there and have it be community oriented, sorta like this brewery is. The retail is really the community getting together. This is their home away from home. They’re down here every night. But do it in Italy or wherever. Train the locals how to run it and just give it to them. Hopefully they’ll welcome us all back for a beer. I have a heavy interest in Italy because my grandfather was from there. I went over to take Italian lessons, and now I’m taking lessons at Roanoke College. He was from Costacciaro, Italy. I just walked into the piazza downtown and yelled out my grandfather’s last name, and this lady in the square yelled out,“Sarah,” and this girl – second or third cousin – walks across the street and took me to her grandmother’s house. I shared a beer with her and we started sharing family photographs. It was obvious we all had the same features. She noticed I didn’t have a wedding band on and asked if I was married. I looked at my taxi driver and said it’s probably time to go. What can you share about the upcoming barrel-aged brew called Fortification? It’s named after Andrew Lewis and Fort Lewis. He was a brigadier general of George Washington’s. He was in prison for a year. This barley wine at 12.5% has been in the barrels for one year. It’ll be available in 22-ounce bottles. They’re in bourbon barrels from Smooth Ambler near Lewisburg, West Virginia. I call this a cigar smoking beer. It tastes like a Sugar Daddy candy.

In the tasting room: Brewer Jeremy Abrams and assistant tasting room manager Grant Mortara

Parkway Brewing Company 739 Kesler Mill Road, Salem 540.352.3063 • VIRGINIACRAFTBEER.COM

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Brad Cooper after a busy opening weekend

Steam Bell:

An Awesome Family Affair

By Wade Reynolds


sk Brad Cooper what the best thing about opening Steam Bell Beer Works has been and he is quick to give a one word answer. “Family.” Ask patrons at the bar in Steam Bell’s spacious tap room near Southside Speedway and you get another word. “Awesome.” Steam Bell, which opened June 11 as Chesterfield County’s first solely dedicated craft brewery, has enjoyed an enviable early run as one of the newest members of the Richmond area beer community. In one sense, Cooper’s story is the same one you’ve heard ad nauseam. Guy gets beer kit, brews small batches in his (in this case parents’) kitchen, gets positive feedback from friends, decides to do it for a living and opens craft brewery. OK, I might have low-balled the obstacles along the way here, but you get the picture. In this case, family support has been one of the key ingredients to the early success Steam Bell has achieved so far. Cooper had “caught the bug” with the opening of Hardywood Park Craft Brewery as a volunteer and a part-time assistant brewer. Going back to a “bad day” at work in 2014 which led to an unsatisfying end to a previous job in the mining industry, Cooper began thinking seriously of taking his hobby to the next level. Parents Connie and - 44 -


Tom encouraged him to pursue his dream. Connie Cooper pointed out that if he were going to do it, this would be the ideal time. “If you take another job at this point,” she told her son, “you’ll probably never do this.” Cooper sold his truck, said good bye to a girlfriend who insisted he get a “real” job, and moved in with his folks. Brewing initially on a 20 gallon system he still uses today as a pilot system, Cooper began searching for a location, soliciting funding, and going through the process of securing the various licenses and legalities a start up brewery requires. In his 6000 square foot industrial space at 1717 Oak Lake Blvd. near Southside Speedway, Cooper has found a niche while satisfying a local need. Even though Extra Billy’s has been brewing beer in Chesterfield County since 2000, the restaurant is just as well known for its barbeque as its beer. More importantly, Steam Bell is eight miles west of Extra Billy’s, filling a void in western Chesterfield County with close access to Brandermill, Midlothian and Woodlake. Just check the parking lot. On a recent Sunday mid afternoon it was full, suggesting positive support from the locals. “It’s awesome” noted Hannah Waters, and her husband Stephen agreed. VCU grads and former

Fan dwellers, they were used to quick access to craft breweries, citing Ardent and Triple Crossing as two of their favorites. The couple bought a house in Midlothian last July. After attending Steam Bell’s soft opening, they now come “all the time” or about three times a month. They are thrilled with the “easy convenience to this side of town.” Will Baum, a home brewer, has lived “right down the road” since 1997. “It’s embarrassing this is my first time here,” he said on a recent August afternoon, “but it’s awesome.” There’s that word again. “Craft beers have been the domain of the city for so long,” Baum continued. “It’s nice to see it coming our way.” I got the idea that it wouldn’t take him six more weeks to come back for his next visit. Cooper was well aware of the “hole in the market” which he described as “huge and untapped” south of the James.Young professionals, though married and moved to the suburbs, are still going to go out. The early response has been so positive that Steam Bell almost ran out of beer during each of the first three weekends the brewery was open. Planning on opening with a 7 barrel system but switching to a 10 barrel before opening, Cooper noted “I’ve got about the best problem I could ask for as a start up business” with the high

Red Rye Pale Ale and Fleurose (a 6.2% Saison brewed with pink peppercorns and rose hips).

Photo courtesy: Steam Bell Beer Works.

demand for his beer. His challenge now is to keep up, or “roll with the flow” as father Tom says. Cooper plans to focus on saisons, farmhouse ales and sours but is also open to brewing “unique beers” of every style. “We’re trying not to just do (a standard style). Here’s the base style, what else can we do with it?” Using unique ingredients and yet staying true to the style, Cooper is well on his way to putting Steam Bell on the map. The Time is Money IPA has a nice bitterness to it, and the Tiramisu Stout is the brewery’s first medal winner, taking a bronze this August in the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild’s Spiced Herb and Vegetable category. “I’m normally an IPA guy,” said Stephen Waters, “but the Tiramisu Stout is one of my favorites.” “A lot of customers have told us ‘I don’t like beer, or I don’t like stout, but I like yours,’”Connie Cooper added. Toward the end of September Steam Bell will release two new IPAs—Money is Power, a second IPA to go with Time is Money, and a double IPA—Power Corrupts. Throughout the process an abundance of friends and community members have pitched in. And most notably, the family has stepped up. Connie Cooper is the office manager, in charge of payroll and booking events in the tap house among other duties. Tom Cooper began as a sort of handyman. His initial duties

involved taking re-purposed wood and making the tap room décor. His handiwork includes the main sign in front of the brewery, the large “Beer” sign inside, most of the tap room tables, wooden fixings on the wall, and the bar. As the tap room has taken shape, his duties have morphed into sales and distribution. Even sister Brittany has taken a one year hiatus and moved back to town from New York. Maintaining her job there while working from this remote location, she helps with marketing and promotions. “The four of us each have unique talents that the other three may not have,” says Tom. “We try to pick the best one for each job if it works out. If not, we all pitch in.” Even Blair, the family dog, serves as office watch dog. “A brewery has a lot of moving parts,” according to Tom, “from production to the business end to the tasting room.” It’s clear that, so far, Steam Bell’s are running smoothly. “We’ve got about ten million options to grow,” said Brad. “We just need to figure out the next steps.” The smart money says they will. And that’s awesome.

Steam Bell Beer Works 1717 E Oak Lake Blvd, Midlothian VIRGINIACRAFTBEER.COM

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Embracing the

Belly Love

painting she hardly needed painters tape by the time it was all done. She was given full control of the décor and worked hard to achieve an end result that is comfortable yet stylish, with bright colors without being gaudy. She tells me, “there were so many trips to Home Depot, I’m pretty sure some of the staff there thought I was stalking them.” It wasn’t till into November that all the electrical and plumbing work was done and a week of soft opening preceded the official opening on December 13, 2014. The beer is brewed on a 7 barrel system, the brew kettles having been obtained from nearby Corcoran Brewing when that brewery updated their system, and the other components such as the fermentation

By Jefferson Evans and Chuck Triplett


mmm…hello, I need to be brought into this conversation…like, right now” or something very close to that was what Kathleen “Katie” Baki was thinking as she listened to her husband Tolga out on their front porch talking to his father Bora about the possibility of opening a brewery in Loudoun County, and basically deciding, over glasses of scotch, that that was something Tolga should do. Some wives might have brushed aside such talk as a spirits fueled pipe dream but Katie didn’t. One, because she knew how serious her husband’s passion for home brewing had become, having already voiced her complaint about no longer being able to park her car in the garage due to all the brewing equipment and supplies inside of it. And two, because running an adult beverages related business was already part of the family legacy. Bora Baki and his family founded and own Hillsborough Vineyards in Purcellville, VA. When Katie moved from North Carolina to Reston, VA she ended up as Tolga’s neighbor and after they became a couple and married, she started out helping out occasionally here and there in the tasting room, with weddings and eventually ended up running the tasting room from 2008-2010. So there were some trepidations, but Katie came on board and planning began in earnest. Initially they were part of a group of would be brewery owners, along with the folks who opened Old 690 and Dirt Farm, who intended to take advantage of the change to Virginia law that opened the door to farm breweries in the state, however, when in 2014 Loudoun County indicated it might be sometime in 2016 before they finalized county regulations concerning farm breweries, Tolga and Katie realized they weren’t willing to wait that long. They had already had a delay of around a year’s duration due to health issues in the family, and weren’t willing to wait any longer, especially once they saw the location they had picked out early on in Purcellville, VA was still available. The space had a varied history as a Virginia ABC Store, a thrift store, a video store, and even a laundromat, but by the time they took possession of the keys in July 2014, the space was essentially bare, lacking even air conditioning and plumbing. Katie remembers those hot sweaty early days well, when they approached the build out with gusto, a hot Washington D.C. area summer be damned. Wherever they could, they did the work themselves with Tolga’s father making all the tables and Katie getting so good at Outreach Coordinator Sarah (left) and Owner Katie Baki (right) behind the bar at Belly Love

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tanks having been purchased new. Tolga does all the brewing with help from assistant brewer Aubrey who initially applied to be a bartender but jumped at the offer to help out with brewing. Tolga’s approach has been to keep things relatively simple in terms of the beers the brewery produces, with a basic goal of having 7 beers on tap at all times, 4 of the beers being the core year round beers (Narcissist Munich Helles style lager, Shut the Fook Up Pale Ale, My Bitter X IPA, Eye of Jupiter Oatmeal Stout) with the other 3 being seasonal releases that are rotated out every month or two (at the time of my visit there were 2 seasonals, being the Flying Unicorn Crotch Kick Double IPA and the Son of a

Dicktator Russian Imperial Stout served on nitro). There have been the occasional hiccup such as the time the glycol system broke, and occasionally the yeast can get a bit temperamental, but overall things have worked out as intended. Some of the fun things Belly Love has been able to do or be involved in include Brooks Currant Obsession - a blend of an Imperial Brown Ale and an Imperial Porter aged in Smooth Ambler Whiskey Barrels that they brewed in collaboration with Adroit Theory specifically for the 12th annual Brewer’s Ball which raises money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Another fun project involved the 4 Purcellville area breweries - Belly Love,

Adroit Theory, Corcoran, and Old 690 where they all collaborated on a saison at Corcoran and then each brewery aged the beer in a different type of wine barrel. Belly Love presently has a bourbon barrel and a Petit Manseng wine barrel that will be used for aging beer in the future. They participated in approximately 7 festivals last year, and 5 so far this year. Also, early this year Belly Love began bottling their beer. There are no plans for distribution so all Belly Love’s beer, on tap or in bottle, are available just at the brewery. Katie tells me that there remains a serious interest in founding a farm brewery, but nothing has been set in stone in that regard, and any major upgrades at the Purcellville location will likely hinge on what decisions are made as to the farm brewery possibility. Among the things that set Belly Love apart have been the very positive reviews for the food prepared on site by Karen HarperFuog Catering. The pork belly tacos have in particular received high praise. Other example items include the jerk chicken flatbread, El Cubano sandwich, and classics like the warm German pretzel or the mac & cheese. The caterer provides a dedicated employee onsite and brewery staff help out as the number of food orders dictates. Katie tells me that generally the brewery has reached a good staffing level, to the point where she doesn’t have to be out front all the time and can help with some of the behind the scenes tasks.“It definitely feels like we are getting into a good groove”. Before leaving Belly Love, I remember to ask about the name, which makes Katie smile, if perhaps a tad embarrassed, although I know she has probably been asked the question many times. After Katie and Tolga became a couple, Katie at one point spontaneously came up with a cute couples thing to help them get past the moments of angst any couple experiences - in such a moment they would each pull up their shirts and rub their bellies together, i.e., share a moment of “belly love.” It always made them laugh and helped get them past whatever the issue of the day was. When they were trying to come up with a name for the brewery, and just couldn’t seem to settle on one, Katie suggested Belly Love and they both new that just had to be the name. Not to mention, for a couple running a business together, “there are lots of belly love moments.” I can’t help but smile when told this story, and I realize that Belly Love has triumphed again.

belly love brewing company • 725 E Main St, Purcellville • 540.441.3159 • VIRGINIACRAFTBEER.COM

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Diane Catanzaro

(Left to right) Oozlefinch brew team of Austin Shawinsky, Russ Tinsley, and Ben Baumann


Opens at Fort Monroe

By Diane Catanzaro and Chris Jones


he long-awaited Oozlefinch Brewing Company has finally opened its doors to the public at historic Fort Monroe in Hampton, and it has been well worth the wait. While Wikipedia says the namesake “Oozlefinch” is a mythical flightless bird first sighted outside the Officer’s Club at Fort Monroe in 1905 by a “possibly” inebriated Army Captain, and later the unofficial historic mascot of the U. S. Army Artillery Air Defense, this Oozlefinch is going to soar. And, because Fort Monroe is no longer an Army base, no one will shoot this Oozlefinch down. Once you sample the beers, meet the “Oozlefinch family,” and enjoy the tasting room ambiance, you too may see the flightless big-eyed bird strolling the grounds of this former Army base. Their grand opening on September 3, in the middle of the rain, wind, and storm surge from almost-Tropical Storm Hermine, was a huge success, with a line out the door and standing room only in the tasting room. Russ Tinsley is the affable owner and founder of the Oozlefinch. He was a

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homebrewer and Newport News police officer when he was bitten by the beer bug and decided to make a career change and start a brewery. Austin Shawinsky, head brewer, honed his brewing chops for two years at St. George Brewing Company in Hampton and studied Brewing Science and Engineering at the American Brewers Guild in Vermont. Benjamin Baumann is cellar man. Spacemakers Inc. did the build out to transform this building, once a racquetball facility, into a working brewery. The 15-barrel brewing system is American-built in Nebraska. A visit the week prior to Oozlefinch’s official opening involved a sampling of six tasty beers; they will be expanding to offer fourteen taps before long. Each beer was delicious, and the curious drinker can also learn about the history of Fort Monroe as each beer’s name relates to the storied past of this Army base.You can drink your way through a history lesson! Sergeant Patches Grapefruit IPA, is named for a dog who, tethered to artillery,

would fire the big guns on command. Delicious, refreshing, and you get your vitamin C for the day! The Short Fuse Session IPA is clean and balanced, unlike the bad-tempered Civil-War-era Monitor ironclad sailor who inspired the name by flying into drunken rages at the drop of a hat, or an anchor. The Lady in White Hefeweizen is a nice example of this style, with hints of bubblegum and banana in the nose and a cloudy golden-white appearance like the ephemeral ghostly lady said to haunt the vicinity since Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, was imprisoned in the fort. She may be his long-suffering wife, but no one is exactly sure. Bet she’ll be back once she discovers this beer! The Oxcart Imperial Porter has notes of chocolate, pecans, and a hint of roasted grain. We love that it is named for Charlotte White, an entrepreneurial African American woman from Phoebus who rose from slavery to become the “pie woman” selling her fresh baked goods on base from an oxcart. Pair this beer with a slice of pecan

Diane Catanzaro

or sweet potato pie! The last beer tasted was the Moat Monster Stout, sort of a dry Irish stout but with less of the bitter roasted character of a Guinness so it is going to appeal to those who like a beer that is dark

and flavorful but not too “burnt” tasting. And yes, there is supposedly a murky monster inhabiting the moat at Fort Monroe. Every beer was balanced, well-brewed, and tasty. They also have an apricot saison that just became available, and you can expect more beers to enter into rotation with the flagships. You can try a flight to sample them at the brewery, of course, and do note the neat wooden serving tray. The tasting room is directly adjacent to the brewing space, and has some very attractive touches, including a gorgeous bar countertop of polished black walnut from the Eastern Shore. The fourteen taps emerge from antique oak salvaged from the historic Boxwood Inn B&B in Lee Hall, Newport News. Step outside the tasting room and you have an unobstructed view of the bay, glimmering just a few hundred feet away. A planned outdoor seating area will instantly give Oozlefinch customers the most scenic view of any brewery tasting room in the region. It took the Oozlefinch a while to be hatched as the Commonwealth of Virginia, National Park Service, and U. S. Army all had

to approve various design plans, however this unique location on the park-like former Army base is an asset and recreation destination.Visit the brewery and while you are at Fort Monroe you can also take a stroll along a walking path on the bay or nature trails, ride your bike on miles of quiet low-traffic roads, have a picnic along the bay, dock at the marina, cast a line at the fishing pier, plop your beach chair on one of several beaches, or visit the Casemate Museum. Fort Monroe also has a very good, casual, water-view restaurant, the Deadrise, where you can drink Oozlefinch beers to accompany your jumbo lump crabcake, oyster po’boy, cubano, or Doughty’s BBQ sandwich. Other draft accounts are all over the Peninsula, including County Grill, Conch & Bucket, Smoke, Bar Louis, Marker 20, Kismet, Harpoon Larry’s, Schooners, Stillwater Tavern, The Point at Phoebus, and Longboard’s Newport News. Oozlefinch is located at 81 Patch Road, Fort Monroe, Hampton. Google maps will take you there flawlessly. Check the website, Facebook page, or call to get the tasting room hours, currently Thursday-Sunday.

Nice starting lineup of beer at Oozlefinch

Oozlefinch • 81 Patch Road, Fort Monroe, Hampton • Award Winning Beer, Locally Inspired Fare, and Live Entertainment




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The state of Virginia celebrates its fifth annual Cider Week November 11-20, 2016. The week showcases locally fermented, artisanal ciders crafted by cideries throughout the Commonwealth. In 2012, the Governor’s office proclaimed the first official Cider Week in an effort to bring more recognition to the craft and the ever-growing number of cideries in Virginia. A variety of events including workshops, tastings, and dinners will be held in locations around the state. We’ve compiled a list here. Start filling your calendar and enjoy this historical beverage! Visit for a complete list of events.


Foggy Ridge Flights at Dogtown Pizza

Dogtown Pizza brings many intresting acts to Floyd in its entertainment hall, offers woodfired pizza and much more. Celebrate the best of Virginia cider with special flights of Foggy Ridge Cider all week. Dogtown Roadhouse 302 South Locust Street 540.745.6836 Floyd


Cider & Food Pairing at Comfort, 5:30-10:30pm

All week long, Comfort will be offering 3 different ciders from Potter’s Craft Cider paired with 3 different varieties of country ham hand selected by Chef Jason Alley. Comfort 200 West Broad St. Richmond



4th Annual Roanoke Cider Cocktail Competition

Local Roanoke restaurants and bars vie to see who can make the best cocktail using Foggy Ridge Cider brands. Joining the competition are Local Roots, Lucky, Fortunato, River and Rail, and Blue Apron. The public votes by purchasing cider cocktails from any or all of the Cider Cocktail locations. At the end of Cider Week, the restaurant who sells the most cocktails is declared the winner. Many of these cocktails have gone on to further fame in other competitions across the state and country. It’s a great way to see how versatile cider really is in the masterful hands of our participants. Come out and “vote” for your favorite.




Foggy Ridge Harvest Moon Tasting, 4:30-6:30pm

Harvest Moon Foods welcomes Foggy Ridge Cider to kick off Virginia Cider Week! Enjoy a select tasting of Foggy Ridge awardwinning local ciders paired with seasonal cheeses. Harvest Moon Foods 227 N. Locust Street Floyd 540.745.4366


Albermarle Ciderworks CENTRAL VIRGINIA Tasting at Alexandria Small Plate & Foggy Ridge Whole Foods Market, Cider Pairing, 5-10pm 5-8pm Castenea will offer $5 small plates paired with a free small pour of

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Foggy Ridge Cider. Plus, glass and bottle specials all three days. Castanea Restaurant 1814 E. Main Street Richmond

Sample cider from Albermarle Ciderworks

Whole Foods Market 1700 Duke St Alexandria


Apple Cider Making Demonstration, 9am-5pm

Apple Cider Making Demonstration with Tom Burford at Saunders Brothers Farm Market. Tom Burford, the “Apple Professor” and author of several books about apples, will delight you with tales of his experience of establishing cideries around the world. Mr. Burford will explain apple varieties for home cider making. Saunders Brothers Orchard & Farm Market 2717 Tye Brook Highway Piney River 434.277.5455

Courthouse Creek Cider Maker’s Dinner, 6pm

Enjoy a delicious meal paired with Courthouse Creek Cider. $65 1581 Maidens Road Maidens



1020 Rockfish Valley Highway (Rt. 151) Nellysford, VA 22958 | (434) 361-1030 VIRGINIACRAFTBEER.COM

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CIDER WEEK Potter’s Craft Cider Brunch at Lucy’s, 10am-2pm

Chef Jason Lucy will be putting together a menu of brunch specials designed to pair with Potter’s Craft Cider as well as some cider cocktail specials. The perfect way to gear up for the Richmond Cider Celebration in Shockoe Bottom later that day! Lucy’s Restaurant in Jackson Ward 404 N. 2nd Street Richmond

Richmond Cider Celebration, 11am – 4pm

Enjoy cider tastings from VA cideries, food from Richmond area chefs, live music, and educational workshops. Tickets: $20 17th Street Farmer’s Market 100 N. 17th Street Richmond


Foggy Ridge Dinner at Hardware Bar and Grill, 6:30pm

Hardware Bar & Grill welcomes Foggy Ridge Cider to its first ever cider dinner. Chef Jay will prepare a three course meal featuring seasonal, local ingredients paired with a selection of Foggy Ridge’s finest ciders. Hardware Bar and Grill 508 North Main Street Hillsville 276.728.3141

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Potter’s Cider Dinner at Southbound, 5:30-10pm

A five course dinner paired with five different ciders from Potter’s Craft Cider, including a cask conditioned pin of Oak Barrel Reserve with cinnamon and vanilla added for dessert. Two seatings available. Call 804.918.5431 for reservations. Southbound 3036 Stony Point Road Richmond


Virginia Cider Tap Night at District 5, 5-9pm A chance to try multiple ciders on tap from Potter’s Craft Cider, Buskey, and Bold Rock. District 5 1911 W. Main Street Richmond

Virginia Cider Tasting at Beer Run, 6-8pm Beer Run 156 Carlton Road, Ste. 203 Charlottesville 434.984.2337


Republic of Floyd Tasting, 5-7pm Republic of Floyd showcases local arts, crafts, and a wide selection of snacks, beer, wine and fine cider. Enjoy a select tasting of the season’s best ciders. Call 276.728.3141 for reservations. Republic of Floyd 114-B S. Locust Street Floyd

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Open House Weekend Sat. & Sun., Nov. 20 & 21


Gleaning Self-Guided Tours at Foggy Ridge, 11am-5pm

Stroll the Foggy Ridge Cider orchards, glass of cider in hand, and take a look at late fall in a cider apple orchard and pick up the last of the fruit for the year. Self-guided gleaning tour and tasting $7. Gleaning—“to collect leftover crops from farmers’ fields after they have been commercially harvested. Some ancient cultures promoted gleaning as a way to support the local farming community.” Foggy Ridge Cider 1328 Pineview Road Dugspur 276.398.2337


Meet the Cider (& Wine) Maker at Local Roots Restaurant, 4-5pm

Visit Roanoke’s home for all things local to chat with representatives from Foggy Ridge Cider and Blenheim Winery. Sample “tree versus vine” pairings of Foggy Ridge Cider blends and Blenheim wines matched with artisan cheese from VA and NC. $15 Local Roots Restaurant 1314 Grandin Road Roanoke 540.206.2610


Live Music at Albermarle Ciderworkds, 2:304:30pm Music by Larry Becker & Brett Twitty. Cider and light picnic fare available for purchase.

Albermarle Ciderworks 2545 Rural Ridge Lane North Garden

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20 Open House Weekend Sat. & Sun., Nov. 20 & 21


Cider Making Class at Foggy Ridge Cider, 1-3pm

Our assistant Sammy Malavarca returns from Colorado’s Stem Cidery where she was Cidermaker to help teach a basic workshop on cider making. Join Sammy at Foggy Ridge where she will walk you through the process of how to ferment your own cider as well as the things that make Foggy Ridge Cider so different. $25. Foggy Ridge Cider 1328 Pineview Rd. Dugspur 276.398.2337


Apple Tasting & Tree Catalog Launch at Albermarle Ciderworks, 11am-4pm Tree planting time is just around the corner! Join the Vintage Virginai Apples team for a very special apple tasting and 2016/2017 Catalog Release! We offer 100 apple varieties through our catalog, and will select some of our favorite cider and dualpurpose apples for this special tasting. Live music at 2:30pm. Cider and light fare available for purchase. Albermarle Ciderworks 2545 Rural Ridge Lane North Garden


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brew Sunktoberfest

Soaring Ridge Craft Brewery

We are pleased to see a strong showing this year of Oktoberfest-style beers in part because, quite frankly, we’re not convinced pumpkin and beer is a long-term match made in heaven. Brewmaster Jeremy Kirby does a spot-on job with this German-inspired Marzen sold in 22-oz bottles. It has a proper head, pleasant malt flavor, and true to the traditional style. 5.6 ABV. Prost!

First of all we love – as in Love Unlimited Orchestra – the soul music reference in the name of this beer, though we’re not quite sure why a wizard-like illustration is used on the can label rather than the singer’s likeness. As for the liquid, as the name suggests blackberries provide a complimentary flavor to the Belgian-style while ale. It’s refreshing and 4.5% ABV.


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Berry White Ale

Sunken City Brewing Company



Last Leaf Maple Brown Ale

Starr Hill Brewery Crozet

Whether you’re tapping a maple tree or popping the bottle cap of this fall seasonal both are a great compliment to some old fashion beer-tur-milk pancakes. Last Leaf optimizes the malty characteristics of a nice English brown ale. The maple syrup aspect is a unique and unexpected delight. The 12-ounce bottles are included as part of Starr Hill’s Fall Tour Variety Pack. 6.1 ABV.

Twisted Gourd

South Street Brewery Charlottesville


Second Ascent

St. George Brewing Company

Adventure Brewing Company



St. George Brewing Company’s seasonal Oktoberfest is a classic German style Marzen. It is a pale copper color with roasted malt and caramel flavors balanced by mild hop bitterness. It’s a great beer to celebrate the Fall Harvest Season! 6% ABV

Second Ascent is Adventure Brewing Company’s Double India Pale Ale. At 9.2% ABV, it definitely packs a punch. A unique blend of galaxy, citra, and nelson sauvin hops provides a hoppy flavor without the bitterness. If you are looking for an adventure, this would be a good place to start!


Twisted Gourd is South Street’s twist on the traditional pumpkin seasonal. This incarnation is an Imperial Chocolate Chai Pumpkin Ale at 8.37% ABV and is part of their Barstools & Dreamers series. As much we like the taste, we like the story behind its name even better! According to historical reference, the year before the Civil War struck the Commonwealth, a pumpkin blight affected crops throughout Central Virginia turning the gourds into “the bleached resemblance of twisted skulls.” The rotting pumpkins fermented in the fields until devoured by livestock who “roamed the countryside mad with delirium.” It was known as the year of the Twisted Gourd!


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BLUE RIDGE HIGHLANDS Apple Harvest Celebration at Foggy Ridge Sat., Oct. 8, 11am-5pm Sample a variety of American Heritage and English cider apples from 1-4pm. $10 covers apple and cider tasting. Foggy Ridge Cider 1328 Pineview Road Dugspur 276.398.2337

Blacksburg Brew Do Sat., Oct. 8, 12-5pm Over 40 craft beers from mid-Atlantic, national craft, and micro-breweries, food from local restaurants and home brewing demonstrations, live music, and the 7h annual Brew Do Homebrew Competition. VT Corporate Research Center 1600 Innovation Drive Blacksburg 540.443.2008

Hiker Happy Hour at Right Turn Clyde Thurs., Oct. 13 Hikers receive $1 off pints and growler fills. Right Turn Clyde Brewery 300 Main Street Narrows 540.921.7283

Thanksgiving Open House at Foggy Ridge Fri., Nov. 25, 11am-5pm & Sat., Nov. 26 12-5pm Enjoy seasonal homemade soup paired with cider. $10 covers a sample from Cast Iron Catering and cider tasting from 1-4pm. Gift baskets, bags, & boxes available. Foggy Ridge Cider 1328 Pineview Road Dugspur 276.398.2337

CENTRAL VIRGINIA Cards Against Humanity SIN Night at Strangeways Every Monday, 4-9pm Good beer, insane laughter, & extreme inappropriateness! Bring a team of 4-7 people and the game. Plus, if you are in the service industry, receive 20% off specials. Strangeways Brewing 2277A Dabney Rd. Richmond

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Game Night at Garden Grove Brewing

Trivia Night at Garden Grove Brewing

3445 West Cary Street Richmond 804.918.6158

Every Wednesday 3445 West Cary Street Richmond 804.918.6158

Rib Night at Wild Wolf

Happy Hour at Blue Bee Cider

Every Monday

Every Monday, 5-10pm Wild Wolf Brewing Company 2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy. Nellysford

$2 Tuesdays at South Street Brewery Every Tuesday until 9pm $2 draft beers (under 8% ABV) 106 South Street Charlottesville 434.293.6550

Pint Specials at Wild Wolf Every Tuesday, 5-9pm Wild Wolf Brewing Company 2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy. Nellysford

Brewer Tap Spotlight at World of Beer Every Wednesday, 6pm Featuring a handful of carefully selected beers, showcasing the true talents of the featured brewery being represented. Come early and grab yourself a glass with purchase of a featured brew! World of Beer 852 W. Main Street Charlottesville 434.760.0771 charlottesville

Steal the Pint at Starr Hill Every Wednesday A different pint glass each week and specials on growler fills on any core brand. Starr Hill Tap Room 5391 Three Notched Road Crozet

Steal the Pint at Wild Wolf Every Wednesday With any $4 pint purchase, receive a pint glass to take home. Wild Wolf Brewing Company 2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy. Nellysford 434.361.0088

Every Thursday Featuring new ciders on draft as part of the small batch cider draft program. 212 W. 6th Street Richmond 804.231.0280

Trivia Night at Wild Wolf Every Thursday Tacos & Trivia Wild Wolf Brewing Company 2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy. Nellysford

Friday Cheers at Blue Mountain Barrel House Every Friday, 5-9pm Enjoy live music from 6-8pm and food trucks 5-9pm 495 Cooperative Way Arrington 434.263.4002

Live Music at Wild Wolf Every Friday & Saturday, 7-10pm No cover. Wild Wolf Brewing Company 2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy. Nellysford

VA Beer & Wine Tasting at Michie Tavern Every Sat. & Sun., 1-4pm Enjoy tastings from VA craft breweries and wineries. Michie Tavern’s General Store 683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway Charlottesville 434.977.1234

Brunch at Blue Mountain Brewery Every Sunday, 11am-2pm Enjoy live music 2:30-5pm 9519 Critzer Shop Rd. Afton 540.456.8020

Brunch at Wild Wolf Every Sunday Live Music from 2-5pm; No Cover Wild Wolf Brewing Company 2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy. Nellysford

Local Bucket Sunday at World of Beer Every Sunday Get specials on local beers for the local beer bucket offering on Sundays. 852 W. Main Street Charlottesville

Oktoberfest at Blue Mountain Brewery Sat., Oct. 1 – Sun., Oct. 9, 11am-10pm Special beer releases, menu specials, games, tastings, tours, and live music. 9519 Critzer Shop Road Afton 540.456.8020

Donktoberfest at Bold Rock Cider Meadow Sun., Oct. 2, 12-5pm Presented by Virginia Donkey Rescue Featuring live music, craft & food vendors, cider, games, and a donkey petting paddock. $1 from each cider sold will be donated to Virginia Donkey Rescue 1020 Rockfish Valley Highway Nellysford 434.361.1030

OkToader Harvest Festival at Blue Toad Cider Sat., Oct. 15 12-6pm Live music, pig roast, fresh pressed cider, fresh picked apples, “Hot Toadies,” candy & caramel apples, face painting, bounce house, and more! Blue Toad Hard Cider 462 Winery Lane Roseland

Pumpkin Carving Party at Blue Mountain Brewery Wed., Oct. 19, 3-7pm Bring the family for pumpkin carving fun! We provide the pumpkin, tools, and decorations. You can take your pumpkin home! 9519 Critzer Shop Rd. Afton 540.456.8020

Richmond Oktoberfest Fri., Oct. 21, 6pm-midnight & Sat., Oct. 22, 3pm-midnight The 48th Annual Richmond Oktoberfest includes authentic German food & drink, music, dancing, shopping, and more! Old Dominion Building, Richmond International Raceway Complex 600 E. Laburnum Ave. Richmond

Enjoy over 80 craft beers from over 50 breweries at

the Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival

Saturday-Sunday, October 22-23, from 1:00-6:00pm in a large tent on the beach at 30th Street at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.


Did someone say craft beer? With five great breweries, an eclectic lineup of gastropubs, and one of the nation’s top 5 beer bars, Norfolk is serving up some serious fermented fun. Now strap on your beer goggles and get a taste of our local flavor. We’re here to take you from A-to-Beer as quickly and safely as possible. Cheers! 1-800-368-3097

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Capital Ale House presents HOPS in the Park, a one-of-a-kind harvest festival in Chesterfield County on Saturday, November 12 from 12 to 6pm. It celebrates the farmers, manufacturers, and consumers of food and drink made in and from the soils and waters of the Commonwealth.

Bold Rock Fall Foliage Fest & Seasonal Cider Release Sat., Oct. 22, 11am-8pm Celebrate the fall foliage at Bold Rock! Live music, hay rides, apple bobbing, food, and seasonal cider release. Bold Rock Cidery 1020 Rockfish Valley Highway Nellysford

Isley 3 Year Anniversary Party Sat., Oct. 22, 12-10pm Neighborhood Zombie Walk hosted by Black Dog Events. Live music, food trucks, and special infusions – Blood Orange Porter & Green Slime Plain Jane. Isley Brewing Company 1715 Summit Ave. Richmond

Experience Virginia Wine, Beer, & Cider Festival Sat., Oct. 29, 12-5pm Sample some of Virginia’s finest beer, wine, & cider. Live music. Food trucks. Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 at gate James River Cellars Winery 11008 Washington Hwy. Glen Allen

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a smooth apple brandy finish. Notes of warm caramel, blackstrap molasses, and chocolate covered cherries. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery 2408-2410 Ownby Lane Richmond

Vintage Virginia Apples Albermarle Ciderworks 2545 Rural Ridge Lane North Garden

RVA Pug-O-Ween

Sat., Nov. 5, 3-7pm

Sat., Oct. 29, 12-1:30pm Richmond Pug Meetup will be judging a few costume contests and awarding 1st & 2nd place winners. Isley Brewing Company 1715 Summit Ave. Richmond

3rd Annual Growl-O-Ween Sun., Oct. 30, 2-5pm Dogs and owners alike will enjoy a costume contest and carnival style games. Live music, food trucks, and great beer. Proceeds benefit The Friends of Hanover Dog Parks and the Hanover Humane Society. Center of the Universe 11293 Air Park Road Ashland

16th Annual Apple Harvest Festival Sat., Nov. 5, 10am-5pm Visit with a number of vendors from the local farmer’s market, enjoy hay rides, cider tastings, and more! Live music all day. Apple pie competition. Hosted by Cove Garden Ruritans and

Top of the Hops 150+ craft beers, live music, a silent disco, ciders, imports, cornhole tournament, and a collaboration garden. GA: $45 in advance; $50 at door VIP: $80 in advance Sprint Pavilion 700 E. Main St. Charlottesville

Hops in the Park Harvest Festival Sat., Nov. 12, 12-9pm Featuring Virginia craft beer and Virginia hops farmers plus, live music, beer tastings, food, art, and more! Proceeds benefit Henricus Children’s Education Fund and Old Dominion Hops Cooperative. Henricus Historical Park 251 Henricus Park Rd. Richmond 804.748.1611

Beer & Cider Dinner at Wild Wolf Thurs., Dec. 1, 7-9pm Multi-course beer, cider, and food pairing. Reservations required. Wild Wolf Brewing Company

2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy. Nellysford

COASTAL VIRGINIA Trivia Night at Wasserhund Every Monday, 7-9pm Wasserhund Brewing Company 1805 Laskin Road Virginia Beach 757.351.1326

Trivia Night at Home Republic Every Tuesday, 7pm Featuring Smartmouth Live Trivia Home Republic 328 Laskin Rd. Virginia Beach 757.226.9593

Big Ugly Running Posse Every Wednesday Join Big Ugly Running Posse for a 1, 3, or 5 mile run starting at Big Ugly. Then, reward yourself with a beer! Big Ugly Brewing Company 1296 Battlefield Blvd. Chesapeake

Trivia Night at Alewerks

Beer Release at O’Connor

Every Wednesday, 7pm

Fri., Oct. 7

Alewerks Taproom 189-B Ewell Rd. Williamsburg

Sweater Weather Wit – The mixed fermentation of Saison and Abbey yeasts in this pale white witbier create moderately earthy and spicy flavors that are sure to warm you up all winter long. O’Connor Brewing Company 211 W. 24th Street Norfolk 757.623.2337

Team Trivia at Tradition

Every Wednesday, 7pm Tradition Brewing Company 700 Thimble Shoals Blvd. Newport News 757.303.3415

Weekly Tasting at bottleBOX Every Wednesday 5-7pm Join your favorite brewery’s representative as they walk you through a free sampling of new and exciting beers. 325b W. 21st Street Norfolk 757.918.9932

Pint Night & Tap Take Over at Home Republic Every Thursday Home Republic 328 Laskin Rd. Virginia Beach 757.226.9593

Virginia Craft Beer Thursday Every Thursday Enjoy local Virginia brewed beers for $3 a pint. Tapped Gastropub 1550 Laskin Road Virginia Beach 757.965.5585

Firkin Friday at Cogans North Every Friday A new firkin is tapped each week. 4311 Colley Avenue Norfolk 757.627.6428

Chelsea West Fest Sat., Oct. 1, 12-6pm A celebration of what makes this region great: local crafters, talented local musicians, local beer, and the unique eateries just steps away from the festival. Proceeds benefit Hope House Foundation Chelsea Business District Corner of Orapax St. & Raleigh Ave. Norfolk

Oktoberfest presented by Bier Garden & The Ambassadors Club Sat., Oct. 1, 12-9pm Traditional German beer & food, ceremonial keg tapping at 1pm, the original Elbe Musikikanten Band, cornhole, strong man competition, bounce house for kids and more! Proceeds benefit Spikes K9 Fund The Ambassadors Club 364 Peninsula Ave. Portsmouth

Come Run Remember the Cole at Bold Mariner Wed., Oct. 12, 6-9pm An opportunity for the community to come together and remember the 17 Sailors who lost their lives while in service to their country. This is a 2.8 mile run/walk event. Bold Mariner Brewing Company 2409 Bowdens Ferry Rd. Norfolk

New Beer Release at O’Connor Fri., Oct. 14 Hoptrick Red IPA – An exciting and unique beer created in collaboration with the Norfolk Admirals and brewed with three different hop varieties. Not too dry, not too bitter, and not too strong, this well-balanced amber ale is just right for any palate. O’Connor Brewing Company 211 W. 24th Street Norfolk 757.623.2337

New Beer Release at O’Connor Sat., Oct. 15 Susan Constant Wheat Wine & Ironclad Susan Constant – Susan Constant is part of the Virginia Vintage Series, a showcase of vintage-style ales brewed with natural ingredients from Virginia. This brew is amber in color and has notes of caramel, toffee, and a hint of tropical fruit balance. The Ironclad variant is aged in chardonnay barrels. O’Connor Brewing Company 211 W. 24th Street Norfolk 757.623.2337

4th Birthday Bash at Smartmouth Sat., Oct. 15, 12-7pm Celebrate Smartmouth’s 4th Birthday with a street party, 10 different beers on tap, food trucks, live music, and brewery tours. Smartmouth Brewery 1309 Raleigh Ave. Norfolk

New Beer Release at O’Connor Fri., Oct. 21 Cloud 9 Winter Coconut Saison – Inspired by the famed Filipino surf break “Cloud 9” and the clear tropical waters there within, coconut is the star ingredient in this saison. O’Connor Brewing Company 211 W. 24th Street Norfolk 757.623.2337

4th Annual Virginia Bacon Festival Sat., Oct. 22, noon-5pm Bacon dishes, bacon samples, and bacon-themed cocktails. Plus, local, regional, and national craft beers and bourbon. Live music. Portsmouth Pavilion Portsmouth VIRGINIACRAFTBEER.COM

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Cogans Pumpkin Beer Fest

Halloween Party at Tradition

7th Annual Roast & Toast

Ibrik Day on Black Saturday at O’Connor

Sat., Oct. 22, 1-7pm

Sat., Oct. 29

Sunday, November 6, 3-6pm

Sat., Nov. 26

Featuring over 20 taps outside, 10+ brewery tents outside, 20+ pumpkin beers, 12+ Oktoberfest & Fall seasonal beers, live music, and $8.99 pizza buffet. $15 in advance; $20 at door Proceeds benefit Hope House Foundation Cogans North 4311 Colley Ave. Norfolk

Live music by The Deloreans Purchase tickets in the Tasting Room or by phone. Tradition Brewing Company 700 Thimble Shoals Blvd. Newport News 757.303.3415

Enjoy oysters, barbecue, craft beer, wine, live music, and admission to the Museum. Tickets: $55 members; $65 nonmembers Hermitage Museum & Gardens 7637 North Shore Rd. Norfolk

Ibrik is an Imperial Stout that brings together light roasted coffee with dark roasted malts. This year, there are 3 barrel-aged variants of Ibrik – bourbon barrel-aged, rum barrel-aged, and maple syrup barrel-aged. O’Connor Brewing Company 211 W. 24th Street Norfolk 757.623.2337

Fall Fest Taste of the Town Sat., Oct. 22, 1-6pm Featuring over two dozen local restaurants featuring signature items from their menu, craft beer, wine, and top shelf beverages. Live music by Tiki Bar Band. $50 per person Proceeds benefit Hope House Foundation Norfolk International Terminal Crumbley House 7737 Hampton Blvd. Norfolk

Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival Sat. & Sun., Oct. 22 & 23, 1-6pm Over 50 craft beers from over 25 breweries and live music. $25 in advance; $30 at door Proceeds support Virginia Legends Walk 31st Street Park Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Wasabi werks! at Alewerks Thurs., Oct. 27, 7-9pm Sushi class with Birmingham Sushi Class. Learn the art of making homemade sushi! Alewerks Taproom 189-B Ewell Rd. Williamsburg

Smartmouth’s Haunted Brewhaus Sat., Oct. 29, 2-8pm The brewery is brimming with powerful spirits that will rise from the fermenters. Enter at your own risk as hop-goblins, boo-masters, and killer kegs await you in the darkness! Tours begin at 2pm and run every 30 minutes. Tickets: $10 and include a cursed Belgian beer goblet and pint of beer. Smartmouth Brewery 1309 Raleigh Ave. Norfolk

Williamsburg Harvest Celebration Fri., Nov. 4 – Sun., Nov. 13, 10am-11pm Experience Virginia’s fines – featuring over 30 culinary inspired events in Williamsburg, Jamestown, & Yorktown. Beers in the ‘Burg Sat., Nov. 5, 4-7pm Meet the brewer and sample beer from a craft brewery. Live music. Chownings Tavern Garden 109 East Duke of Gloucester St. Williamsburg 800.447.8679

House of Blues, Brews, & Stews Sunday, November 6, 1-5pm Local restaurants compete for best stew, great craft beer, and blues music. Plus, admission to MOCA’s exhibition: “Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose.” General Admission: $35 in advance; $40 at door VIP: $55 in advance; $65 at door Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art 2200 Parks Avenue Virginia Beach

Veteran’s Day Home Republic Fri., Nov. 11 Veterans and family members receive 10% off. Home Republic 328 Laskin Rd. Virginia Beach 757.226.9593

Bold Mariner 1st Birthday Celebration Sat., Nov. 12, 12-9pm Live music & beer. Plus, the release of Nighthawk, a dark saison that pours black followed by fruity, spicy, and peppery aromas, chocolate, and roasted flavors thoughout. Bold Mariner Brewing Company 2409 Bowdens Ferry Rd. Norfolk

New Beer Release at O’Connor Sat., Nov. 12 Winter Pecan Porter – A traditional English-style Porter infused with toasted pecans. O’Connor Brewing Company 211 W. 24th Street Norfolk 757.623.2337

NORTHERN VIRGINIA Public Service Night at Bad Wolf Every Monday, 4-8pm Police, EMT, Fire – Happy Hour pricing with valid ID Bad Wolf Brewing Company 8420 Kao Circle Manassas

Team Trivia at Ornery Every Monday, 7:30pm Happy Hour extended to 9pm. Weekly prizes! Ornery Beer Company 14389 Potomac Mills Road Woodbridge

Trivia Night at Bad Wolf Every Tuesday, 6-8pm Bad Wolf Brewing Company 8420 Kao Circle Manassas

Flight Night at Bad Wolf Every Wednesday Happy Hour pricing on flights. Bad Wolf Brewing Company 8420 Kao Circle Manassas

Open Mic at Bad Wolf Every Thursday Bad Wolf Brewing Company 8420 Kao Circle Manassas

Trivia Night at Belly Love 1st & 3rd Thursday Belly Love Brewing 725 E. Main Street Purcellville

We’re Firkin Nuts Every Thursday, 3:30-10pm

Learn to Homebrew Day was established by the American Homebrewers Association in 1999 to encourage homebrewers to introduce their non-brewer friends and family to the most rewarding hobby, obsession and lifestyle since the beginning of time! Stop by Southern Hills Homebrew Supply on Saturday, November 5 from 11am to 4pm for brewing demonstrations, beer tastings, and guest speakers.

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Featuring one of our firkin cask ales made with fresh ingredients unique to Adventure Brewing. Adventure Brewing Company 33 Perchwood Dr., Unit 101 Stafford 22405 540.242.8876

Justin’s Flavor Infusion Night Every Friday, 3:30-10pm We combine off the wall ingredients with one of our beers to create a one-of-a-kind beer. Adventure Brewing Company 33 Perchwood Dr., Unit 101 Stafford 22405 540.242.8876

Lupus Fundraiser at Bad Wolf Sat, Oct. 1, 5-10pm Casino, Band, Beer, & Food. Bad Wolf Brewing Company 8420 Kao Circle Manassas

Paint & Sip at Bad Wolf Sun, Oct. 2, 1-3pm Bad Wolf Brewing Company 8420 Kao Circle Manassas

Bad Wolf Fall Festival Sat, Oct. 8, 2-8pm 8 Breweries, Local Vendors, Food Trucks, Bands, and Beer! Tickets: $10 in advance; $15 at the door Bad Wolf Brewing Company 8420 Kao Circle Manassas

Starr Hill Tap Takeover Tues., Oct. 11, 6pm Featuring some the of the latest and great Starr Hill beer releases! Greenhouse Bistro & Tea Lounge 2070 Chainbridge Rd. Vienna

Whiskey & Beer Pairing at Monk’s BBQ Wed., Oct. 12, 5pm Unique whiskey and Starr Hill beer pairings. Monk’s BBQ 251 N. 21st St. Purcellville

Stoneridge Petoberfest Sat., Oct. 15 Brew Republic Bierwerks 15201 Potomac Town Place Woodbridge

Northern Virginia Fall BrewFest Sat. & Sun., Oct. 15 & 16, 11am-7pm Enjoy fall, winter, and seasonal beers from local and regional craft breweries, food vendors, live music, and arts & crafts vendors. Tickets: $25 Bull Run Regional Park 7700 Bull Run Drive Centreville

Brewing History: Beer Tasting & Dinner Fri., Oct. 21, 6:30-10pm Private tour of mansion, 18th century beer brewing demonstration, beer tasting, and 4 course dinner paired with beers from Mount Vernon Inn. George Washington’s Mount Vernon 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy. Mount Vernon 703.780.2000

Beer 101: Brewery Tour & Tasting Sat., Oct. 22, 12pm & 2pm Learn all about your favorite beer from production to taste characteristics. Tour & tasting with our brewers Bill Madden and Matt Ryan. $15 includes tour and beer sampler. Mad Fox Brewing Company 444 West Broad Street Falls Church 703.942.6840

Rock the Block! Fri., Oct. 28, 6:30-9:30pm Featuring live music by Gonzo’s Nose, food vendors, beer, and more! Old Town Square 3999 University Drive Fairfax 703.385.1710

3rd Annual Old Bust Head 5K Sat., Oct. 29 Start at the brewery and end with a cold beer! Proceeds benefit Finley’s Green Leap Forward.

Brothers Craft Brewery’s much anticipated release of Resolute, their Bourbon

Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout, takes place Saturday, November 12 in Harrisonburg.

Old Bust Head Brewing Company 7134 Lineweaver Rd. Warrenton 540.347.4777

Annual Halloween Party Bad Wolf Sat, Oct. 29, 6-10pm Costume Contest with $100 prize! Bad Wolf Brewing Company 8420 Kao Circle Manassas

Hallowe’en Costume Party at Brew Republic Sat., Oct. 29, 7-11:30pm Ghoulish Halloween themed menu, live music, and free appetizer for best costume. Brew Republic Bierwerks 15201 Potomac Town Place Woodbridge

Food Drive at Bad Wolf Nov. 4-6 & Nov. 11-13 Bring in 4 cans of food and receive a beer ticket. Bad Wolf Brewing Company 8420 Kao Circle Manassas

Cask Ale Festival Sat., Nov. 5, 12-6pm Celebrate authentic cask ale outdoors in our Market Square! Event will feature top cask beers from breweries around the region, live music, grilled fare, and children’s activities. Mad Fox Brewing Company 444 West Broad Street Falls Church 703.942.6840

Starr Hill Tap Takeover Thurs., Nov. 17, 5pm Featuring some the of the latest and great Starr Hill beer releases! Blackfinn Ameripub 2750 Gallows Rd. Vienna

Metal Band at Bad Wolf

SHENANDOAH VALLEY Cards Against Humanity at Pale Fire Every Monday, 8pm Team-style game in all its inappropriate glory! Prizes for winning team! Pale Fire Brewing 217 S. Liberty St. Harrisonburg

Virginia Craft on Draft Every Monday, 3-5pm Enjoy all Virginia pints for $4 and all Virginia Belgians for $5 Brew Ridge Taps 11 E. Nelson Street Lexington 540.461.8012

Sat, Nov., 19, 5-10pm Bad Wolf Brewing Company 8420 Kao Circle Manassas


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Think & Drink Trivia @ The Lab Every Thursday, 6pm


Blue Lab Brewery 123 S. Randolph Street Lexington Live @ The Lab Every Friday, 6-9pm Enjoy live music every Friday. Blue Lab Brewery 123 S. Randolph Street Lexington 540.896.4992

WMRA Books & Brews

Blue Mountain Tap Takeover

Multi-course dinner featuring entrees such as Bison Filet, Rack of Venison, Smoked Sea Trout, and Veal Roulade paired with Old Hill Cider. Skyland Mile 41.7 & 42.5 on Skyline Drive Luray 877-847-1919

Thurs., Oct. 13, 5-8pm Enjoy Blue Mountain brews at this tap takeover! Roma Pizzeria 21 N. Loudon St. Winchester 540.667.2743

Anicira’s Walk for the Animals Sat., Oct. 15, 10am-5pm Alumni Parade, doggie activities and vendor village, beer from Brothers Craft Brewery and Pale Fire Brewing, wine from Country Vinter, food trucks, and live music. Tickets: $15 Proceeds benefit Anicira Rockingham County Fairgronds 4808 S. Valley Pike Harrisonburg

Apple Harvest Celebration Sat., Oct. 15, 10am-5pm Large variety of already picked apples, pick-your-own apples, many Virginia made items, food trucks, craft vendors, live music, Old Hill Cider sales/tastings, children’s activities, and more! Old Hill Cider 17768 Honeyville Road

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Tues., Nov. 1, 7-8pm A collaboration between WMRA Public Radio & Pale Fire. Chuck McCutcheon will talk about two different books. Pale Fire Brewing 217 S. Liberty St. Harrisonburg

Shenandoah Seasonings Hard Cider Dinner Fri., Nov. 4, 6pm

Capital Ale House 3rd Annual Barrel-Aged Tap Takeover Fri., Nov. 11 Featuring an amazing barrel-aged draft line-up! Capital Ale House 41 Court Square Harrisonburg

Resolute Release Party at Brothers Craft Brewery Sat., Nov. 12, 10am-11pm With bottle sales, food trucks, music, cornhole, and guest taps. Brothers Craft Brewery 800 N. Main St. Harrisonburg

SOUTHERN VIRGINIA Brewster Walk Sat., Oct. 8, 1-7pm 60+ craft beers, live performances by Steep Canyon Rangers, The Trongone Band, and Relacksachian. GA: $30; VIP: $50 In front of the Rivers Theatre 215 E. Church St. Martinsville

Bugs, Beer, & BBQ Sat., Oct. 8, 5-9pm Enjoy a variety of beer, amazing barbecue, live music, and corn hole tournament. $20 in advance; $25 at door Virginia Museum of Natural History 21 Starling Ave. Martinsville

Bluegrass, Barbecue, and Brew Festival Sat., Nov. 5, 11am-5pm

City Brewery. 84 Westlake Road Hardy 540.721.5288

STEM at Soaring Ridge Craft Brewery Wed., Oct. 12 & Nov. 9, 5:30-7:30pm Monthly STEM Tavern featuring a fascinating science presentation plus good beer! Soaring Ridge Craft Brewery 523 Shenandoah Ave. Roanoke

Awards Ceremony for Star City Homebrew Throwdown Sat., Oct. 22, 6-9pm Winners of the Star City Homebrew Throwdown will be announced. Plus, there will be a raffle for fantastic beer and brewing prizes. Chaos Mountain Brewing 3135 Dillons Mill Rd. Callaway

The festival combines a love of history with a love of music, barbeque, and Virginia craft beer. $20 in advance; $25 at gate Patrick Henry’s Red Hill 1250 Red Hill Road Brookneal

Learn to Homebrew Day 2016


Sat., Nov. 15, 2-8pm

Oktoberfest & 5K Trail Race at Smith Mountain Lake Sat., Oct. 1, 10:30am-5pm 5K race followed by Oktoberfest with live entertainment, children’s activities, German food, and beer from Sunken

Sat., Nov. 5, 11am-4pm Brewing demonstrations, beer tastings, and guest speakers! Southern Hills Homebrew Supply 5342 Franklin Rd., SW Roanoke

Brew-HaHa! Stand-up comedy plus beer from 20 craft breweries. General Taster: $25; VIP: $35 Salem Civic Center 1001 Roanoke Blvd. Salem

Courtney and Jen are serving up the pints and flights in the tasting room at Smartmouth Brewery in Norfolk.

APPALACHIA Busted Still Brewing Company 185 Homeplace Drive Gate City 24251 276.210.6038

Sugar Hill Brewing Company 16622 Broad Street St. Paul 24283 276.780.4397

BLUE RIDGE HIGHLANDS Brew Rebellion Bristol

1061 Old Abington Road Bristol 24201 brewrebellionbristol

Bristol Brewery Downtown 41 Piedmont Avenue Bristol 276.608.1220

Bull & Bones Brewhaus

Right Mind Brewing Company

River Company Brewery

Creek Bottom Brews

Right Turn, Clyde Brewing Company

Studio Brew

1470 S Main St., #120 Blacksburg 540.953.2855 307 Meadow Street Galax 276.236.BEER (2337)

The Damascus Brewery

32173 Government Road Damascus 540.314.2782

1410 S. Main Street Blacksburg 540.552.7000

300 A Main Street Narrows 540.921.7283

Rising Silo Brewing Company 2351 Glade Rd Blacksburg 410.596.1200

6633 Viscoe Rd. Radford (Fairlawn) 540.633.3940 221 Moore Street Bristol

Wolf Hills Brewing Company 350 Park St. Abingdon 303.5508762 VIRGINIACRAFTBEER.COM

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Champion Brewing Company

Legend Brewing Company

Starr Hill Brewery

White Rock Brewing Company

Devils Backbone Brewing Company - Basecamp

235 N Market Petersburg 23805 804.722.1667

4100 Knolls Point Dr. Goochland 804.314.4380

4300 Williamsburg Avenue Richmond 23231 760.294.7899 stonebrewingrichmond.

Wild Wolf Brewing Company

200 Mosbys Run Roseland 434.361.1001

Lickinghole Creek Farm Brewery

Stone Brewing Company

AMMO Brewing Company

Apocalypse Ale Works

Extra Billy’s

Loose Shoe Brewing Company

Strangeways Brewing

198 Ambriar Plaza Amherst 434-941-7345

2277 Dabney Rd. Richmond 804.303.4336

Willow Sprung Brewery in The Light Well Restaurant

Midnight Brewery

The Answer Brewpub

6118 Lakeside Ave. Richmond 804.264.4808

2410 Granite Ridge Rd. Rockville 804.356.9379

6008 West Broad St. Richmond

Garden Grove Brewing

Montross Brewing Company

The Veil Brewing Company

7 Hills Brewing Company 115 S. 15th St. Richmond 804.716.8307

1257 Burnbridge Rd Forest 434.258.8761

Ardent Craft Ales

3200 W. Leigh Street Richmond 804.359.1605

Blue Mountain Brewery

324 6th St SE Charlottesville 434.295.2739

1110 Alverser Dr. Midlothian 804.379.8727 ExtraBillysBarBQ2.htm

Final Gravity Brewing Company

9519 Critzer Shop Rd. Afton 540.456.8020

3445 West Cary Street Richmond 804-918-6158

Blue Mountain Barrel House

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

495 Cooperative Way Arrington 434.263.4002

2408 Ownby Ln. Richmond 804.420.2420

C’ville-ian Brewing Company

Isley Brewing Company

705 W. Main Street Charlottesville 434.328.2252

1715 Summit Avenue Richmond 804.499.0721

Castleburg Brewery & Taproom

James River Brewery

1626 Owenby Lane Richmond 23220 804.353.1256

561 Valley St. Scottsville 434.286.7837

Center of the Universe Brewing Company

Kindred Spirits Brewing Company

11293 Air Park Rd. Ashland 804.368.0299

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12830 W. Creek Parkway Goochland 804.708.0309

321 W. Seventh St. Richmond 804.232.3446

5391 Three Notch’d Rd. Crozet 434.823.5671

15381 Kings Highway Montross 804.452.7394

1301 Roseneath RoadRichmond 804.355.58515

Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery

946 Grady Ave Charlottesville 434.293.0610

6135 Rockfish Gap Tpke. Crozet 434.823.4878

Random Row Brewing Company 608 Preston Avenue Charlottesville 434.284.8466

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery 11800 W. Broad Street Richmond 23233 804-237-1684

South Street Brewery

106 South Street Charlottesville 434.293.6550

Three Notch’d Brewing Company

Three Notch’d Brewing Company RVA Colab House 2930 W. Broad St. Richmond

Trapezium Brewing Company 423 Third Street Petersburg 23803 571.758.2738

Triple Crossing Brewing Company 113 S. Foushee St. Richmond

2117 Bruno Drive Goodview 24905 540.890.3359

2461 Rockfish Valley Highway Nellysford 434.361.0088

110 E Main Street Orange 540.661.0004

Wood Ridge Farm Brewery 165 Old Ridge Road Lovingston 434.422.6225


189-B Ewell Rd. Williamsburg 757.220.3670

Back Bay Brewing Company 614 Norfolk Ave. Virginia Beach 757.531.7750

Big Ugly Brewing Company

1296 Battlefield Blvd. South Chesapeake 757-609-2739

Bold Mariner

2409 Bowdens Ferry Road Norfolk

Brass Cannon Brewing Company 5476 Mooretown Road Williamsburg 757.566.0001

Coelacanth Brewing

Wharf Hill Brewing Co.

Commonwealth Brewing Company

Young Veterans Brewing Company

760 W. 22nd Street Norfolk 757.59.UGLY.1

2444 Pleasure House Rd. Virginia Beach 757.305.9652

Gordon Biersch

4561 Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach 757.490.2739

Home Republic Brew Pub 328 Laskin Road Virginia Beach 757.226.9593

O’Connor Brewing Company 211 W. 24th Street Norfolk 757.623.2337

Oozelfinch Craft Brewery 81 Patch Road Fort Monroe 757.224.7042

Pleasure House Brewing

3025 Shore Dr. Virginia Beach, VA 23451 757.647.8597

Reaver Beach Brewing Company 1505 Taylor Farm Road Virginia Beach 757.563.2337

Red Dragon Brewery

1419 Princess Anne Street Fredericksburg 22401 540.382.4342

Rip Rap Brewing Company

25 Main Street Smithfield 757-357-7100 2505 Horse Pasture Road, Ste. 104 Virginia Beach 757.689.4021

NORTHERN VIRGINIA 1781 Brewing Company 11109 Plank Rd. Spotsylvania 804.823.2598

Adroit Theory Brewing Company 404 Browing Ct., Unit C Purcellville 703.722.3144

Adventure Brewing Co.

33 Perchwood Dr. Fredericksburg 540.242.8876

Aslin Beer Company

257 Sunset Park Drive Herndon, VA 20170 703.787.5766

BadWolf (Big) Brewing Company

8420 Kao Circle Manassas, 20110

BadWolf (Little) Brewing Company 9776 Center St. Manassas 571.208.1064

Barnhouse Brewery

116 E 25th Street Norfolk

43271 Spinks Ferry Road Leesburg 703.675.8408

Smartmouth Brewing Company

Battlefield Brewing Company

1309 Raleigh Ave., #300 Norfolk 757.624.3939

St. George Brewing Company 204 Challenger Way Hampton 757.865.7781

Steam Bell Beer Works

1717 E Oak Blvd. Midlothian 804.728.1875

The Virginia Beer Company 401 Second Street Williamsburg 757.378.2903

Tradition Brewing Company 700 Thimble Shoals Blvd. Newport News 757.303.3415

Wasserhund Brewing Company 805 Laskin Rd. #102 Virginia Beach 757.618.6051


1328 Pineview Rd. Dugspur 276.398.2337

Buskey Cider

2910 W. Leigh Street Richmond

Castle Hill Cider

Wild Hare Hard Cider

33735 Snickersville Turnpike Bluemont 703.216.8630



6065 Turkey Sag Rd. Keswick 434.296.0047

Albemarle CiderWorks

Courthouse Creek Cider

2545 Rural Ridge Ln. North Garden 434.297.2326

Maidens Road Goochland courthousecreek

5909 Long Fall Lane Delaplane 540.364.2802

Blue Bee Cider

Potter’s Craft Cider

17768 Honeyville Rd. Timberville 540.896.7582

212 W. 6th St. Richmond 804.231.0280

Blue Toad Hard Cider Pub

9278 Rockfish Valley Hwy. Afton 434.996.6992

Bold Rock Hard Cider

1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy. Nellysford 434.361.1030


NORTHERN VIRGINIA Corcoran Vineyards Hard Cider 14635 Corky’s Farm Lane Waterford 540.882.9073

Mount Defiance Cidery & Distillery

207 W. Washington St., Middleburg 540.687.8100

Cobbler Mountain Cellars

Old Hill Cider

Winchester Ciderworks

2502 N. Frederick Pike Winchester 540.550.3800


59 Spruce Street Monterey 540.468.2322

4187 Plank Rd Fredericksburg 540.785.2164

Beer Hound Brewery

201 Waters Place Culpeper 22701 540-317-5327

Belly Love Brewing Company 725 E Main Street Purcellville, VA 20132 540.441.3159

Beltway Brewing Company 22620 Davis Dr. #110 Sterling 571.989.2739

Black Walnut Brewing Company 210 S King Street Leesburg blackwalnutbrewery

Blue & Gray Brewing Company

3300 Dill Smith Dr. Fredericksburg 540.371.7799


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Brew Republic Bierwerks 15201 Potomac Woodbridge 703.594.7950

Caboose Brewing Company 520 Mill Street NE Vienna 703-865-8580

Capitol City Brewing Company

Jack’s Run Brewing Company 108 N. 21st Street Purcellville 540.441.3382

Lost Rhino Brewing Company

21730 Red Rum Dr., Ste. 142 Ashburn 571.291.2083

Lake Anne Brew House

4001 Campbell Ave. Arlington 703.578.3888

11424 Washington Plaza West Reston 571.758.2739

Corcoran Brewing Company

Lost Rhino Retreat

205 E. Hirst Road, Suite 105 Purcellville 540.441.3102

22885 Brambleton Plaza Brambleton 703.327.0311

Crooked Run Brewing

310 E Market St. Leesburg 703.350.8553

205 Harrison St. Leesburg 571.978.4446

Dirt Farm Brewing Co.

18701 Foggy Bottom Rd. Bluemont 540.554.2337

Dog Money Brewery

Loudoun Brewing Company

MacDowell Brew Kitchen

202 Harrison St. SE Leesburg 703.777.2739

Mad Fox Brewing Company

50 Catoctin Circle Leesburg 703.687.3852

444 West Broad St., Ste. I Falls Church 703.942.6840

Fair Winds Brewing Company

Mad Horse Brew Pub

7000 Newington Road, Suites K&L Lorton 703-372-2001

34 E Broad Way Lovettsville 540.436.0669

Far Gohn Brewing Co. 301 S Main Street Culpeper

11047 B Pierson Drive Fredericksburg

Forge Brew Works

Mustang Sally Brewing Company

Maltese Brewing Company

8532 Terminal Rd., Ste. L Lorton 703.372.2979

14140 Parke Long Court Chantilly 703.888.6447

Gordon Biersch

New District Brewing Company

Tyson’s Corner Mall McLean 703.388.5454

2709 S Oakland Street Arlington 22206 703.888.5820

Growling Bear Brewing Company

23600 Overland Drive, Ste. 180 Sterling 703-665-2146

14051 Crown Court Woodbridge, 22193 571.535.1965

Heritage Brewing Co.

9436 Center Point Lane Manassas 800.432.1792

Hopkins Ordinary Ale Works

47 Main St. Sperryville 540.987.3383

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Ocelot Brewing Company

Old Bust Head Brewing Company 7134 Lineweaver Rd. Warrenton 540.347.4777

Old 690 Brewing Company

15670 Ashbury Church Road Purcellville

Old Ox Brewery

44652 Guilford Dr Unit 114 Ashburn 703.729.8375

Ornery Beer Company

14389 Potomac Mills Drive Woodbridge, 22192 703.490.6400

Pen Druid Brewing

7 River Lane Sperryville, 22740 540.987.8800

Port City Brewing Company 3950 Wheeler Ave. Alexandria 703.797.2739

Quattro Goombas Brewing Company

22860 James Monroe Highway Aldie 703-327-6052

Rusty Beaver Brewery

18043 Jefferson Davis Hwy Ruther Glen (Ladysmith Exit off I-95) 855.478.7892

Sehkraft Brewing Company 925 N Garfield Street Arlington 22201 703.786.5174

Spencer Devon Brewing Company 106 George Street Fredericksburg 540-999-6253

Sweetwater Tavern

14250 Sweetwater Ln. Centreville 703.449.1100

Sweetwater Tavern

3066 Gate House Plaza Falls Church 703.645.8100

Sweetwater Tavern

45980 Waterview Plaza Sterling 571.434.6500

Tin Cannon Brewing Co

7679 Limestone Dr. #130 Gainesville 571-248-0489

Vanish Brewing

44624 Leelyn Farm Lane Leesburg 20176

Water’s End Brewery

12425 Dillingham Square Lake Ridge 571.285.1997

Wild Run Brewing Company

3071 Jefferson Davis Hwy Stafford 540.659.3447

SHENANDOAH VALLEY Alesatian Brewing Company 23 N. Loudoun Street Winchester 540.667.2743

Backroom Brewery

150 Ridgemont Rd. Middletown 540.869.8482

Blue Lab Brewing Company 123 S. Randolph St. Lexington 540.458.0146

Brothers Craft Brewing 800 N Main Street Harrisonburg 540.432.8940

Devils Backbone Brewing Company - Outpost 50 Northwind Lane Lexington 540.462.6200

Escutcheon Brewing Company 150 W. Commercial Street Winchester 540.391.8713

Pale Fire Brewing Company 217 S. Liberty Street Harrisonburg 540-217-5452

Queen City Brewing

834 Springhill Road Staunton 540.213.8014

Redbeard Brewing

Stable Craft Brewing at Hermitage Hill

375 Madrid Road Waynesboro 540.490.2609

Swover Creek Farm Brewery 4176 Swover Creek Rd. Edinburg 540.984.8973

Three Notch’d Brewing Co. Harrisonburg Taproom 241 E. Market Street Harrisonburg 540.217.5939

Winchester Brew Works

320 N Cameron St. Winchester 540.692.9242

Wolfe Street Brewing Company 120 W. Wolfe St. Harrisonburg

Woodstock Brewhouse

123 E Court Street Woodstock 22664 540-459-2739

SOUTHERN VIRGINIA 2 Witches Winery & Brewing Company

209 Trade St. Danville 434-549-BREW (2739

VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS Big Lick Brewing Company 135 Salem Ave. Roanoke, VA 24011 540-562-8383

Chaos Mountain Brewing Company 3135 Dillons Mill Rd. Callaway 540.334.1600

Flying Mouse Brewery

221 Precast Way Troutville 540.992.1288

120 South Lewis St. Staunton 804.641.9340

Parkway Brewing

Seven Arrows Brewing Company

Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers

2508 Jefferson Hwy. Ste 1 Waynesboro 540-221-6968

Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company

17 Middlebrook Ave. Staunton 540.887.2337

739 Kessler Mill Rd. Salem 523 Shenandoah Avenue Roanoke 540.529.2140

Sunken City Brewery

40 Brewery Dr. Hardy 540.420.0476


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